Kolkata Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum on Friday (March 25) mentioned their new skipper Shreyas Iyer has all of the qualities to be the franchise’s ‘player of the decade’. Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to their maiden IPL last in 2020, was snapped by KKR for Rs 12.25 crore after aggressive bidding and was subsequently made skipper of the two-time former champions.
“He’s a great buy. He could be the franchise player for KKR for the best part of the decade. We’ve got to start somewhere and that’s tomorrow,” the New Zealand nice mentioned on the eve of their IPL 2022 opening match in opposition to defending champions Chennai Tremendous Kings.
“He’s already incredibly well-respected around the world for what his game is about and what he’s been able to achieve. His best years are certainly in front of him. I think he’s got the potential to be an absolute superstar of the game so I can’t wait to work with him.”
Iyer has been within the type of his life and within the current T20 collection in opposition to Sri Lanka he remained unbeaten in three matches, hitting 57 not out off 28, 74 not out off 44, and 73 not out off 45, to be adjudged player-of-the-series in India’s 3-Zero rout.
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The Kiwi legend is happy that their new skipper shares the identical type of attacking mindset he had throughout his taking part in days, one thing the top coach believes would take the workforce all the way in which. “We each share a typical worth of how we prefer to see the sport performed, which is you get a bunch of men collectively, paint a imaginative and prescient and get the blokes play the sport positively, and attempt to embrace those that are round you.
“We all will go on a journey together to try and achieve something not just special in terms of results but also in terms of the investment, which hopefully we’re going to talk about for many years to come. So I’m really, really excited to work with Shreyas,” McCullum mentioned.
Umesh Yadav to steer tempo assault in absence of Tim Southee
KKR’s tempo bowling division has acquired an enormous setback as New Zealand pacer Tim Southee will not be out there in opposition to CSK, McCullum confirmed. The workforce is already lacking their star Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who might be unavailable for the primary 5 matches attributable to nationwide commitments.
“Southee is not available for the first match unfortunately, just a little delayed with getting over here to India. So, he won’t be available for the first match,” McCullum mentioned.
In absence of the duo, KKR will financial institution on Umesh Yadav and Shivam Mavi to present early breakthroughs. “We would probably go with more of a heavy Indian local players seam bowling lineup. Umesh Yadav was a really good pickup for us in the auction. His ability to swing the ball up front, and he’s also a wicket-taker too,” McCullum mentioned.
“His statistics in the Power Play are really, really good. And that’s what we look to try and use him. So hopefully, between him and the likes of Shivam Marvi and a couple of the other boys we’re going to be able to hopefully get a couple of early wickets and then allow our spinners to enter the game with us on top,” he mentioned.
Requested about Ravindra Jadeja main defending champions Chennai Tremendous Kings for the primary time after Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished captaincy, McCullum mentioned: “Not really my problem…”
“I know Jadeja pretty well… He plays the game pretty aggressively and he’s going to have MS on the side. So look, I’m sure he’ll do an excellent job. From our point of view we just need to settle into the tournament and hopefully start with a win,” he concluded.
(with PTI inputs)