IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday announced it has appointed Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer as captain for the upcoming season.
Making the announcement, Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of KKR said, “We are delighted firstly to have been able to successfully bid for Shreyas in the IPL auction & to have the opportunity for him to lead #TeamKKR. He has impressed one & all as a quality batsman at the highest level & we are confident that he will excel as a leader of #TeamKKR.”
Head Coach Brendon McCullum said, “I am very excited to have one of India’s brightest future leaders in Shreyas Iyer, take the reins at KKR. I’ve enjoyed Shreyas’ game and his captaincy skills from afar and now will look forward to working closely with him to drive forward the success and style of play we want at KKR.”
Accepting captaincy of KKR, Shreyas Iyer said: “ I am extremely honoured to have gotten the opportunity to lead a prestigious team like KKR. The IPL as a tournament brings the best players from different countries and cultures together and I look forward to leading this great group of very talented individuals.”
“I would like to thank the owners, management and support staff of KKR for giving me the opportunity to lead this team and I am confident that we will find the right synergies to achieve the team’s goals,” he said.
In a whopping Rs. 12.25 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bagged young Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer in the opening day of auction for the 15th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday. He is the third most expensive player at the auction, after Ishan Kishan (Rs 15.25 crore by Mumbai Indians) and Deepak Chahar (Rs 14 crore by Chennai Super Kings). Iyer will be the sixth player to captain KKR in IPL. Sourav Ganguly was the first captain of the franchise, followed by Gautam Gambhir.