IPL Auction: Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders Keen On Signing Shreyas Iyer
Former Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Shreyas Iyer is reportedly on the radar of three franchises as the Indian batsman is seen as a potential candidate for captaincy by the teams.
The three franchises are Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and Punjab Kings (PBKS), and each of these teams are on the lookout for a new captain, according to Time of India. Here’s big bash points table live update.
Iyer, who made his IPL debut with Delhi in 2015, has scored 2,375 runs in 87 matches in the Indian T20 league. His highest score is 96 and he averages 31.67 with the bat in the tournament.
“Post Virat Kohli quitting the RCB captaincy, RCB are really interested in having Iyer as their next captain. Expect them to bid aggressively for the Mumbaikar in next month’s auction in Bangalore,” an unnamed source was quoted by Times of India, as saying in an interview.
“The Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings are also expected to eye him in the auction,” the source added in the same interview.
In his maiden season as Delhi’s captain, Iyer led the side to the final in 2020. Unfortunately, Iyer’s side ended up losing the final to Mumbai Indians (MI), who clinched a record fifth title.
Delhi did not retain Shreyas Iyer
Ahead of the IPL 2021, Iyer underwent shoulder surgery that saw him get ruled out of the India leg of the tournament. In his absence, Delhi appointed Rishabh Pant as their skipper. The side decided to retain the wicketkeeper-batsman as their captain even after Iyer returned for the second leg of IPL 2021, which was played in the UAE.
After Delhi did not retain Iyer ahead of the mega auction, the 27-year-old batsman refused to join Lucknow or Ahmedabad. He did so because both franchises weren’t offering him the captaincy.
Ahead of the IPL 2022, the mega auction is scheduled to take place on Feb. 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.
During India’s home series against New Zealand in December 2021, Iyer made his Test debut. The Mumbai-born batsman came out to bat at No. 5 and scored a century in his first-ever innings in the whites for India. Iyer finished with 105 off 171 balls before scoring a half-century in the next innings. In two Tests, Iyer has 202 runs to his name and averages 50.50. Here’s our new cricket prediction. Read more here.