Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) did the right thing by handing captaincy reins to Shreyas Iyer who looks very natural at the helm.
Iyer has led KKR to 3 wins and 3 losses in the tournaments so far but most of the decisions he has made have paid off. KKR may have lost in the clutch situations but Iyer has done well.
“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,” Shastri said.
“I have no doubt that Shreyas Iyer will get the guys going” – Ian Bishop
Former West Indian cricketer Ian Bishop felt that the two defeats in a row would have hurt KKR but luckily for them, an able leader like Iyer can help turn it around when they come against Rajasthan Royals on Monday.
“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,” Bishop mentioned.
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