Friday, 03 February 2023

Shreyas Iyer to lead Kolkata Knight Riders

Shreyas Iyer to lead Kolkata Knight Riders

Shreyas Iyer has been named the new captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise announced ahead of the 15 edition of the Indian Premier League, which is expected to start in late March.

Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of KKR, said.

"We are glad firstly to have been able to bid for Shreyas in the IPL auction successfully & to have the opportunity for him to lead KKR,"

"He has impressed one and all as a quality batsman at the highest level, and we are very confident that he will shine as a leader of KKR."

KKR bought Iyer at the 2022 mega auction last weekend for a whopping INR 12.25 Cr after an intense bidding war. The ex-Delhi Capitals skipper was released ahead of the 2022 edition by the franchise that made its final bid of INR 9.5 Cr to re-sign the middle-order star before bowing out of the race. Gujarat Titans swooped in late, but KKR managed to out-bid the first-timers to secure Iyer's services.

"I am extremely honored to have got the opportunity to lead a respected team like KKR," Shreyas Iyer said. "The IPL as an event brings the best players from different cultures together from other nations, and I am looking Ahead to lead the great group of very talented professionals.

Shreyas Iyer to lead Kolkata Knight Riders 1Twitter image: @KKRiders

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He added.

"I would like to thank owners, management & support staff of KKR for allowing me to captain this team, and I am positive that we will find the right teamwork to achieve the team goals. Kolkata and Eden Gardens have a very great history when it comes to Indian cricket, and I'm looking forward to contributing to this rich history and making our fans proud of us as a team,"

Brendon McCullum, the head coach, said.

"I am excited to have one of India's brightest future leaders in Iyer take control at KKR. I've enjoyed Shreyas Iyer game, and his captaincy skills from now will look Ahead to working closely with him to have the success and style of play we want at the KKR team,"

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