'Very well deserved' - Twitter delighted after KKR appoints Shreyas Iyer as captain for IPL 2022
Shreyas Iyer was KKR's most expensive signing in the mega auction. He was bought for INR 12.25 Crores
Last year runners-up of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Kolkata Knight riders named Indian middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer as their skipper for the upcoming 15th season. Iyer was KKR’s most expensive buy in the mega auction 2022 when he was bought for INR 12.25 Crores.
The 27-year-old takes over the reins from Eoin Morgan, who, even after leading the team to the final last year before losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final was out of the reckoning due to his failures with the bat.
Iyer was the main force behind the resurgence of the Delhi Capitals
Shreyas Iyer was the main force behind the rebranded Delhi franchise’s success in the last few years. Iyer took over the captaincy from Gautam Gambhir midway in IPL 2018 and led the franchise to their first-ever playoffs in ten years in 2019. However, a shoulder injury in the home series against England ruled him out of IPL 2021.
Iyer returned for the second leg of the tournament in UAE but the management decided to stick to Rishabh Pant as their skipper. However, Iyer was not retained by the Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2022 mega auction which took everyone by surprise given how well he had done for the side in recent years.
The right-handed batter has a decent record in leading a side in the IPL. Overall, Iyer has led in 41 matches in the IPL, out of which he won 21, lost 18 and two ended in ties. “I am extremely honored to have gotten the opportunity to lead a prestigious team like KKR,” Iyer said.
“The IPL as a tournament brings the best players from different countries and cultures together and I look forward to leading this great group of very talented individuals,” he added. Shreyas Iyer became the third most expensive buy in the mega auction 2022 as KKR splashed INR 12.25 crore for him.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Captained Mumbai in Domestic Cricket, Delhi Capitals in IPL and now all set to Captain Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
— 🏏CricDomestic🏏 (@_CricDomestic) February 16, 2022
— C.VENKATESH (@C4CRICVENKATESH) February 16, 2022
nice choice , he litreally carried the legacy of dc , they entered the playoffs after he took captaincy every year
— Abhinav (@Abhinav0224) February 16, 2022
New era begins 🙏💜 pic.twitter.com/EEaLQwBKqF
— Sohom (@AwaaraHoon) February 16, 2022
Brilliant decision by the @KKRiders Team Management!!💜💜🙌🏻🙌🏻
— Rohan Guha (@guharohan02) February 16, 2022
The excitement for this just can't get any h-Iyer! 🔥#TATAIPL
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) February 16, 2022
Yesss Yeh Shreyas or Venkatesh Iyer hai ye rukega nahi 🔥 🔥 #kkr
— Sayan Mondal (@SayanMo13448210) February 16, 2022
— A (@khogayehamkahan) February 16, 2022
2nd greatest KKR captain in my book already ♥️♥️
— A. (@stfuarshu) February 16, 2022
Very well deserved.!! Go well shreyas.❤️
— realkuldeepparmar.13 (@RAANJHNAA12) February 16, 2022
Abhi mza Aayegaa Biduuuu🥳
— Zaid Khan (@Zaidkhan636041) February 16, 2022
— Satish Mishra🇮🇳 (@SATISHMISH78) February 16, 2022