Experienced batter Shreyas Iyer will captain the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team in IPL 2022. After being released by Delhi Capitals, the Knight Riders team bought him with a whopping ₹12.5 crores at the mega auction earlier last month. However, he was one of the star players who triggered a bidding war among the franchises. Even, his former franchise Delhi Capitals were also in the race but KKR had the last laugh.
Speaking on kkr.in, Shreyas Iyer stated: “Yes, I was watching the auction and KKR went for me right from the start. There were some other big franchises as well coming along and I remember the battle was going on. We, all of our (India) team members were sitting together and watching the auction on TV.”
He further added: “My heart was pumping and I wasn’t able to control my emotions. I was trying to act relaxed, but you know, I was feeling a little nervous. Eventually, KKR got me, that feeling was amazing. I’m really proud, considering the rich history and to be coming into the KKR setup.”
However, Shreyas Iyer is likely to add some stability to KKR’s middle-order, something they have lacked in the past couple of seasons. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer has also revealed that his goal is to create an environment where everyone will work towards a single goal of winning the title as well.
He said: “I will be coming in with a much different mindset now. I’m now more mature and experienced in terms of my decision-making and captaincy skills. Really waiting eagerly to work with every individual in the team and build that synergy which could really help the team perform at a different level. I’m just going to love the responsibility, and I thrive under pressure.”
“You know, for me to be part of the KKR family is an enormous feeling. I want to really appreciate the work which has been done by all the great players in the past and I would like to follow the same footsteps, which they have created for KKR. Personally, I feel that I’m a player’s captain and I want to create an atmosphere where all of us are thinking towards one goal, which is winning,” Shreyas Iyer concluded.