In a major development, Shreyas Iyer has been announced as the Kolkata team's captain for ITL 2022. Iyer was the third-highest purchase of the mega auction 2022, with Kolkata paying him 12.5 crores. He previously led Delhi to their first-ever final in 2020.
Team CEO and MD Venky Mysore expressed his elation announcing Iyer as the team captain. He said that the team was confident in his leadership skills and that they can have a successful run with him as the captain.
"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 KKR. He has impressed one & all as a quality batsman at the highest level & we are confident that he will excel as a leader of KKR," he said.
Head coach Brendon McCullum expressed that he was excited to work with India's future. He 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."
Shreyas Iyer also had great views on becoming the team captain. He said that team brings in players from different cultures and that excites him.
He said, “ I am extremely honored 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.
Kolkata and The Eden Gardens have a very rich history when it comes to Indian cricket and I look forward to contributing to this rich history and making our fans proud of us as a team! Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo!”