Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Brendon McCullum said Friday that new skipper Shreyas Iyer has all the qualities to become the franchise’s “player of the decade”.
Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to its first Indian Premier League (IPL) final in 2020, was nabbed by KKR for Rs 12.25 crore after aggressive bidding and went on to captain the two-time former champions.
“He’s a great buy. He could be the franchise player for KKR for most of the decade. We have to start somewhere and that’s tomorrow,” said the New Zealand great on the eve of his IPL-15 opening game against defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
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“He is already incredibly well respected around the world for what his game is about and what he has been able to achieve. His best years are definitely ahead of him.
“I think he has the potential to become an absolute superstar of the game, so I can’t wait to work with him.”
Iyer was in the form of his life and in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka he went unbeaten in three games, taking 57 out of 28, 74 out of 44 and 73 not out of 45, to become a player assessed. of-the-series in India’s 3-0 defeat.
Excited to work with Shreyas Iyer
The Kiwi legend is delighted that the team’s new skipper shares the same attacking mindset he had during his playing days, something the head coach believes would help the team all the way.
“We both share a common value of how we like to see the game played, which is to get a group of guys together, paint a vision and let the guys play the game positively, and try to embrace the people around you.
“We’re all going on a journey together to try to achieve something special, not just in terms of results, but also in terms of the investment, which hopefully we’ll be talking about for many years to come. So I’m really, really excited to be working with Shreyas work,” McCullum said.
Umesh leads pace attack vs CSK
KKR’s pace bowling division has suffered a major setback as New Zealand pacer Tim Southee will not be available against CSK, McCullum confirmed.
The team is already missing its Australian star player Pat Cummins, who will be unavailable for the first five games due to commitments to the national team.
“Southee is unfortunately not available for the first game, just a little delayed because he came here to India, so he won’t be available for the first game,” said MCCullum.
In the duo’s absence, KKR will be counting on Umesh Yadav and Shivam Mavi to deliver early breakthroughs.
“We would probably go with more heavy Indian local players who bowl.
“Umesh Yadav was a really good pick-up for us in the auction. His ability to swing the ball forward, and he’s also a wicket taker,” McCullum said.
“His stats in the Power Play are really good. And that’s what we’re looking to use him for.
“So hopefully, between him and people like Shivam Marvi and a few other guys, hopefully we can get some early wickets and then our spinners can get into the game with us at the top,” he said. said.
Asked about Ravindra Jadeja’s leading defending champion CSK, for the first time after Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished his captaincy, McCullum said: “Not really my problem…”
“I know Jadeja quite well… He’s playing the game quite aggressively and he’s going to get MS on it. So look, I’m sure he’ll do a great job. settle for the tournament and hopefully start with a win,” he concluded .