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IPL 2022: ‘Flexible Whatever Team Requires’

IPL 2022: ‘Flexible Whatever Team Requires’

It’s no secret that he relishes batting at No. 3 however Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer on Saturday mentioned he’s versatile and able to “discover”, depending upon the team scenario in the upcoming IPL.

Shreyas had a hugely successful T20I series against Sri Lanka in which he was not dismissed across three matches, hitting 57 not out off 28 balls, 74 not out off 44 and 73 not out off 45 to be adjudged Player-of-the-Series in India’s 3-0 win.

“For me personally, I feel No. 3 is my batting position because that’s the position I love to bat and have been batting for very long. But I’m flexible whatever the team requires, I’m very comfortable with that. Come what may, I’m ready to explore,” the 27-year-old mentioned throughout a digital interplay.

In his first media interplay after becoming a member of KKR, the skipper urged his gamers to be versatile and take up obligations.

“You can’t all the time painting your self as an anchor. On a given day, I could be a energy hitter and somebody does the function of anchoring the facet. The conditions and roles can change primarily based on the circumstances,” he said.

“If it’s your day, you need to go out and win the match for the team. Basically the responsibility has to be taken by all the players in the team to go out there and win the match without relying on other players.”

Having made his IPL debut in 2015, Shreyas represented Delhi Capitals for seven years earlier than main them to their first IPL ultimate within the 2020 season.

Shreyas, who was purchased by KKR for a whopping Rs 12.25 crore, mentioned his fashion matches that of crew coach Brendon McCullum’s aggressive model of cricket.

“They have all the time been aggressive, and fearless from ball one, all the time prefer to throw the punch and put the opposition on the backfoot.

“I would like such form of depth from my gamers. It’s nice if it comes from the coach. It’s the mindset KKR have nourished through the years. I even have an identical form of mindset, to not have any regrets,” he said.

Yet to decide on Venkatesh’s batting position


With his batting exploits at the opening slot, Venkatesh Iyer came to the limelight in the second half of IPL in the UAE last season.

But Shreyas said KKR are yet to decide on Venkatesh’s batting position.

“We have not yet decided his batting position. We are yet to get out of quarantine and have chats with coaches and management. I had a brief chat with him during our stint for Team India, he’s very flexible in terms whatever position we put him into play.

“Obviously he’s done great as an opener last year for KKR, that will be at the back of the mind.

“He’s a team man. I’ve seen that on the field. He always talks about winning. That’s the type of character we need in our team, one who is ready to go out there and show that relentless.”

Sunil Narine all the time deadly for KKR


Ace all-rounder Sunil Narine, who has been retained by KKR, would proceed to be an important cog of their scheme of issues, Shreyas asserted.

The 33-year-old Narine was final seen in motion on the Bangladesh Premier League in February as he impressed Comilla Victorians to win the title.

“I all the time felt he’s prefer to be on his personal, he’s form of reserved as a participant. That’s why he’s so deadly with regards to KKR,” Shreyas said.

“Also the variety he brings to the table is exceptional. He’s been bowling outstandingly. When I faced him last year, he was really unplayable.

“Even with the bat as well, he can change the momentum of the game, can completely bring the drift towards the team. I’m happy he’s fit, ready to roar from game one. Excited to meet with him and get started,” Shreyas mentioned.

Addition of Ajinkya Rahane huge benefit


Another fascinating acquisition for KKR has been veteran India Test batter Ajinkya Rahane who was purchased for Rs 1 crore.

The 33-year-old performed simply two matches for Delhi Capitals final season however crew CEO and MD Venky Mysore believes his addition is a large benefit for the KKR.

“Ajinkya is one other one who represents change, a really constructive change for KKR. Having somebody of his expertise and sophistication itself is a large benefit for us,” Mysore said.

“We know the type of person he is, how grounded, modest he is, yet what he has accomplished and the kind of quality and class that he brings is a massive advantage having him in the set up.”

Mysore nevertheless mentioned the coach and captain would resolve Rahane’s function within the crew.

“I’m certain they are going to provide you with the precise mixture from the assets that we now have. Fundamentally it’s incredible having him (Ajinkya) within the facet,” Mysore said.

KKR will take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener on March 26.

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