Shreyas Iyer has been announced as Kolkata Knight Riders captain for IPL 2022, the franchise confirmed on Twitter on Wednesday.
Iyer has now become the sixth KKR captain after Sourav Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, and Eoin Morgan.
“I am extremely honoured to have gotten the opportunity to lead a prestigious team like KKR,” Iyer said.
“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.”
Calling him one of India’s brightest future leaders, head coach Brendon McCullum heaped praise on Iyer and said he is excited to work closely to take the team to newer heights.
“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,” McCullum was quoted as saying.