The Delhi Capitals (DC) decided to release their former skipper, Shreyas Iyer ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auctions. Rishabh Pant had been named captain of the DC for the 14th edition of the IPL while Iyer had missed the first half due to an injury. Now that Iyer is a free agent, he has been targeted by multiple franchises.
According to the latest reports of the Times of India, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is one of the teams interested in bringing Iyer on board as a potential captain. While teams such as the Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) already have alternatives, KKR’s possibilities in the existing retentions are limited.
Shreyas Iyer does have the experience of leading an IPL team and it can help his case while being targeted by KKR for the captaincy position. DC reached the tournament’s finals under Iyer’s leadership in the 13th edition. He was also the fourth-highest run-scorer in IPL 2020, with 519 runs scored at an average of 34.60.
The report further revealed that Ahmedabad had, in fact, zeroed in on Hardik Pandya as captain with Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and wicket-keeper opening batter Ishan Kishan as the second and third picks.
Meanwhile, the other new franchise based out of Lucknow has almost finalized KL Rahul as their skipper with Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada as its backup options. Additionally, India’s ace-leg spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Rahul Chahar also have both the franchises extremely interested.
The mega auctions are likely to be held on February 11-12, in Bengaluru if the COVID-19 situation in India permits. BCCI has been mulling over delaying the auctions.