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KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer with Nitish Rana (Photo/IPLT20)
KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer with Nitish Rana (Photo/IPLT20)

IPL 2022: Ravi Shastri reckons KKR's Shreyas Iyer is an aggressive skipper

ANI | Updated: Apr 18, 2022 17:15 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 18 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri believes Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Shreyas Iyer is a natural captain and it is the clarity of thoughts in the Indian cricketer's mind that has impressed him the most.
Shreyas Iyer was given the responsibility of leading KKR ahead of the IPL 2022 and the Mumbaikar has done it well so far. Shastri claims Iyer will only get better and better as the tournament progresses.
While speaking on 'Cricket Live' on Star Sports, Shastri said: "Captaincy comes naturally to Shreyas (Iyer). Look at his aggressive captaincy, you don't feel like he's leading KKR for the first time. Looks like he's been captaining them for the last 3 to 4 seasons and it is visible through his clarity of thoughts."
"His mindset is clear about what brand of cricket he needs to play as a batter. At the same time, he's aware of what he as a captain needs to do to take his team to the playoffs and win the title. I've liked the way he's spoken during the pre and post-match conferences and that shows he's clear with his plans. I am convinced he'll go a long way," he added.
Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop has backed Shreyas Iyer to come back stronger after back-to-back defeats in the last two games because he possesses a good brain and also has the support of some seasoned campaigners in the KKR side.
Ian Bishop said, "I think despite suffering back-to-back defeats, it is possible for Shreyas to regather his troops and bounce back. When he became captain of the Delhi Capitals, he just got them better and better with every season."
"It will take him a little settling period here (at KKR) but he's got some seasoned campaigners around him. Andre Russell and Sunil Narine are experienced players. Coach Brendon McCullum is also very experienced. So I have no doubt that Shreyas will get the guys going," he added.
IPL heads into another week of hustle as the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be locked in a fierce battle of the willow and the leather to put a couple of contrasting fortunes to the test on Monday. (ANI)