IPL 2022: Shreyas Iyer Wants To Cement His Place And Lead The Indian Team - Shoaib Akhtar

Published - 06 Apr 2022, 06:21 PM

Shoaib Akhtar, PSL
Shoaib Akhtar [Image Credits: Google]

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar believes that the way Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain, Shreyas Iyer has led his team, the day isn’t far when he might do the same for the Indian team as well.

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So far, Iyer has led KKR to two wins out of three games with the only loss being against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Although his batting may not have turned up yet for the season, his leadership skills certainly have.

Iyer is not [only] putting pressure on the IPL with his captaincy, he is making a serious case for Team India’s captaincy as well. He wants to cement his place in the Indian team and lead it as well. He is proving his worth.”

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image: BCCI

He should continue to score runs and lead the team well, and I believe he will become a big brand in the near future. Rahane has to deliver. KKR should not give up on Rahane so soon. Hopefully, he will perform,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda.

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The reason why KKR has been successful this season is their new-ball bowling attack of Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee. They have taken wickets consistently in the powerplay, often putting the opponents on the back foot right from the start.

Umesh is a skiddy bowler. He and Southee tend to deceive batters in the air or get you to play shots. These two will trouble the batters a lot. It is a very good attack. Yadav’s pave, fitness, and action are all good.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. Image: BCCI

He should have been given the new ball from the start, it has been 10 years now, and unfortunately, it did not happen before. He is a rare talent and will be the star of the tournament,” Akhtar added.

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