Kolkata Knight Riders captain: Preparations and set-ups are underway ahead of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) 15th season. With the tournament scheduled to be held between April and June, the mega auction is scheduled for next month. On the other hand, the former double champion Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is looking for a new skipper for IPL 2022.
When entering the mega auction, he will target a top player with leadership abilities. Multiple reports have suggested that KKR has already shortlisted the versatile Andre Russell for the role, which the franchise has shortlisted ahead of the mega auction. As for the auction, reports also suggest that KKR has identified Shreyas Iyer as another potential option.
KKR is likely to go all out for Iyer, while the bidding for the Mumbai lad is expected to be intense. Iyer had previously managed Delhi Capitals (DC) for a few seasons, after helping the team finish second in the IPL 2020. However, a dislocated shoulder forced him to miss the first phase of the IPL 2021 before wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant held the role for the entire season.
Since Pant was highly effective for the role, management decided to stick with him, as Iyer opted to chase a new team with leadership opportunities. Therefore, KKR will become a perfect candidate for him. However, Russell has been with the team for quite a long time and knows the team inside out, making him a prime candidate for the captaincy.
If Russell is named KKR skipper, Iyer gets the vice-captain duties and vice versa. Russell hasn’t really been in leadership roles, especially in the IPL. However, Iyer has had a good track record in the competitive role, coming from leading DC in 41 games, winning 23 and losing 18, while he also won 24 pitches.