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'There Have Been Lot Of Doubts...': AB de Villiers Highlights Shreyas Iyer's Captaincy In IPL 2024

AB de Villiers heaped praises on Shreyas Iyer's capataincy (x.com)AB de Villiers heaped praises on Shreyas Iyer's capataincy (x.com)

Ahead of the IPL 2024, Shreyas Iyer was appointed as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Under his leadership, KKR has been performing well and has shown an impressive game of cricket and became the first team to secure a place in the playoffs. 

With nine victories out of 13 matches, KKR's success has been closely associated with Iyer's astute decision-making and composure under pressure.

AB de Villiers On Shreyas Iyer's Brilliant Captaincy

Former legendary cricketer AB de Villiers praised the KKR captain for his cricketing intelligence and ability to manage pressure, highlighting how these qualities have significantly benefited KKR. 

The former RCB batter also noted Iyer's strategic use of bowlers, such as deploying Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy during power plays and entrusting Harshit Rana with the final over despite having Mitchell Starc as an option.

“Shreyas Iyer has been absolutely incredible. There have been a lot of doubts and talks about him as captain. I punted him from the start of the tournament. He is a wise guy, a smart cricketer and I love the way he is calm and composed as a captain. He never seems to get rushed, never seems to panic even though you know deep down that you feel some panic, especially playing at the Eden Gardens," De Villiers said on his YouTube channel.

He also appreciated Iyer's bold and calm approach, especially in the challenging environment of Eden Gardens, which has played a crucial role in KKR's home game successes and overall performance this season.  

KKR will play its next match against Rajasthan Royals on May 19, 2024, at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Assam.