IPL 2022: ‘Shreyas Iyer is the potential superstar of the game’
- Shreyas Iyer is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders
- KKR secured his service for IPL 2022 for a staggering Rs 12.25 crore
- KKR will play Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2022 opener on Saturday in Mumbai
Ahead of the IPL 2022 season opener against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, Brendon McCullum, the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), said that their newly appointed captain Shreyas Iyer could become a ‘superstar of the game’.
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"Really excited. I have admired Shreyas from far. I have met him when he was playing for Delhi Capitals and I was playing for Gujarat Lions. We exchanged numbers and I gave him my number, but he never called me? I asked him why didn't you call me, he said I was too intimidated. I said what? Now he is here captaining the franchise, he is a star in Indian cricket. He is well respected throughout the world for what he has achieved. He has the potential to be a superstar of the game," McCullum was quoted as saying by NDTV.
"He has got a nice presence and a warming presence about him and he is certainly willing to learn. We have something in common and that is how we want to play the game. Really excited to work with Shreyas, he could be the franchise player for KKR for a decade," he stated further.
KKR had retained Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarty, Ventakesh Iyer and Sunil Narine before the mega auction. In the auction, the Kolkata side’s main target was finding a suitable captain. So, they went all out for India batter Shreyas Iyer, who previously led Delhi Capitals to an IPL playoff finish, and secured his service for a whopping Rs 12.25 crore
"Everyone saw the style of cricket we played last season, that's how we like to see the game played. That's how Shreyas likes to lead and that's how I like to coach. It is about giving the guys freedom to take the game on. Our message is a simple one, work with your teammates, enjoy your time, and with the bat, if you feel you are in a situation where you can dominate, do that," said McCullum.
Meanwhile, Tim Southee will miss KKR’s opening match, confirmed McCullum.
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"Tim Southee is not available for the first game. There is some delay in his arrival in India so we will look at the Indian talent."
KKR Squad: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.