Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals captain, feels that the presence of experienced campaigners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane will provide a lot of depth to their side in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
Iyer, who is the youngest among all the IPL captains, said that the presence of the former skippers like Ashwin and Rahane will help him on the field as he turns to them for advice in pressure situations. He also added that the team has ‘tremendous depth’ and with it boasting of a good mixture of youth and experience, it will help them being flexible as far combinations are concerned.
“I think it adds tremendous depth to our side and gives Ricky and me the option to be flexible with the playing eleven, depending on where we are playing, who our opposition is and how we are placed in the tournament at a particular point,’’ Shreyas Iyer said in a video released by Delhi Capitals.
‘’Also, these are both individuals who are highly knowledgeable about the game and have captained IPL teams. So for me as a captain, (it is an opportunity) to use their experience and reach out to them whenever I want to share or discuss anything at all.” he added.
Shreyas Iyer on his experience of working with Ricky Ponting
Shreyas Iyer also went on to hail coach Ricky Ponting, adding that he feels blessed to have got the opportunity of working with a person of his stature. He also said that Ponting gives him the freedom and his presence has helped him grow as a cricketer.
“I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with a person of his stature so closely. He is such a legend and makes everyone from the senior-most player to the newest guy feel at home and a part of this team. As a captain, he gives you the freedom and that has helped me grow as a cricketer.” Iyer added.
The 13th season of the Indian Premier League will kickstart from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.