Delhi Capitals’skipper Shreyas Iyer has spilt out the beans as an interesting anecdote on how he got the captaincy of the team midway the IPL 2018. Shreyas Iyer pointed out that he was keen to take up the leadership role. In IPL 2020 Delhi Capitals continued to make giant strides towards fulfilling their dreams of lifting the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy, but not just yet as Mumbai Indians proved too good for the young team led by Shreyas Iyer.
Shreyas Iyer told about how Ricky Ponting forwarded the hand of support. He acknowledged that he got a lot of support from Ricky Ponting while performing the captaincy duties. Shreyas also mentioned he would sometimes refuse to attend the meetings and hand it over to Ricky Ponting while he would work on his batting.
Shreyas Iyer made this disclosure during an interaction within the recent edition of the latter’s YouTube show ‘DRS with Ash‘.
The new auction had happened and they had selected Gautam Gambhir as the captain: Shreyas Iyer
Ashwin asked Shreyas Iyer about the conversations in the Delhi Capitals set-up when he took over the captaincy from Gautam Gambhir. The Mumbaikar recalled that he was the third player retained by the franchise that year in the mega-auction, while Gambhir was brought back as the skipper.
“So, that was the first year. The new auction had happened and they had selected Gautam Gambhir as the captain. And they had retained me in the third position.”
Shreyas Iyer revealed that he told the franchise that he is not too concerned about the retention money and that he is looking forward to captaining the team in the future.
“So, when we were negotiating and they were asking me at what price I would like to be retained, I was like – ‘See, money doesn’t matter at this point in time. I am just looking forward to leading Delhi Capitals in the future.’ That is what exactly I had said.”
Shreyas Iyer added that he was already envisaging himself in a leadership role, with the experience of captaining the India A team behind him. However, he admitted that he did not expect he would be taking up the job so soon.
“Because I was leading India A at that point in time. And that was my vision. I was already thinking as a captain when I entered the IPL in 2018. And I didn’t know that responsibility would be coming to me that year itself.”
Iyer has had a couple of spectacular campaigns in the Indian Premier League in the last two seasons. In his first full-fledged IPL season as the captain, he carried Delhi Capitals to the playoffs and in IPL 2020, he led the team all the way to the finals of the tournament.