Shreyas Iyer named KKR captain for IPL 2022 (Image Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer named KKR captain for IPL 2022 (Image Source: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper has given an insight on how he would like to lead the franchise and depend on senior players for advice when the situation gets tough in the middle.

Shreyas Iyer has been on a good run with the bat of late and the right-handed batter will look to continue his form when he steps onto the field to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer. Photo- Twitter
KKR captain Shreyas Iyer. Photo- Twitter

Shreyas Iyer: It’s A Great Honour To Have Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Ajinkya Rahane Alongside

Ahead of the tournament, Shreyas Iyer opened up on how he would like to lead the franchise and how he would be in good space by having senior players like Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, and Ajinkya Rahane in the squad. KKR will open their IPL 2022 campaign against Chennai Super Kings on March 26.

Kolkata Knight Riders Pacer Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]
Kolkata Knight Riders Pacer Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“It is a great honour to have them (Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Ajinkya Rahane) alongside. They have achieved so many things while playing for their country. They have done wonders for themselves and it is an honour to play alongside them,” said Shreyas while replying to a query during a virtual press conference.

“Definitely, if I get to a point where I feel it is my time to take some advice from the senior players and it is not just on the field, it is off the field as well in terms of gelling up and trying to get little advice in managing the team, how to speak to youngsters, all these aspects play a vital role. The senior players will play an immense part in that,” the batter stated further.

Aaron Finch was roped in by KKR as a replacement for Alex Hales after the English opening batter pulled out of the tournament citing bubble fatigue.

Shreyas Iyer Said Wankhede Wicket Will See Bounce

KKR will play their opening match against CSK at the Wankhede Stadium. The onus will be on Ajinkya Rahane, who has been going through a lean patch for the last few years now, to step up to the plate and assist Venkatesh Iyer at the top of the order. Sam Billings might prove to be a good buy as he is not only a serviceable wicketkeeper but a world-class finisher as well.

Kolkata are certainly weak on local pace bowling resources with Shivam Mavi and Umesh Yadav having to do a lot of heavy lifting alongside Pat Cummins.

“There is a good bounce at the Wankhede wicket, it is really going to be important for us to practice in such conditions. The ball travels at a decent pace, all these aspects you have to see to it.

“Apart from that, all players must have played in those conditions. There is going to be a crowd over here and it will provide us energy,” said Shreyas.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders were not left with much in their purse after splurging 12.25 crore and 8 crore for Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana respectively. It was a blessing that they got Pat Cummins for half his price from last year. Kolkata Knight Riders had retained Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine previously.

Kolkata Knight Riders 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, Aaron Finch, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.

Kolkata Knight Riders (Probable starting XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings(overseas/ keeper), Shreyas Iyer (captain), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell (overseas), Sunil Narine(overseas), Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins (overseas), Umesh Yadav