Shoaib Akhtar applauds Shreya Iyer’s captaincy in the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League. The former Pakistan pacer praises the new Kolkata Knight Riders captain for leading the team to its second victory over three games.
"Iyer is not putting pressure on the IPL with his captaincy, he is making a serious case for Team India's captaincy as well. He wants to cement his place in the Indian team and lead it as well. He is proving his worth,” Akhtar said on SK Match Ki Baat.
"He should continue to score runs and lead the team well, and I believe he will become a big brand in the near future. Rahane has to deliver. KKR should not give up on Rahane so soon. Hopefully, he will perform."
Iyer was the skipper of the Delhi Capitals in the 2019 and 2020 seasons but was forced to not play in 2021 due to injury. KKR bought him for IPL this year for INR 12.25 crore last February during the mega auction.
Akhtar also commented on the new bowler pair Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee. He also praised them saying their performance will bother the batters.
"Umesh Yadav is a skiddy bowler. He and Tim Southee tend to deceive batters in the air or get you to play shots. These two will trouble the batters a lot. It is a very good attack. Yadav's pave, fitness, and action are all good," Akhtar praised.
"He should have been given the new ball from the start, it has been 10 years now, and unfortunately, it did not happen before. He is a rare talent and will be the star of the tournament," he ended.
KKR Second Win
The match between KKR and Mumbai Indians is the 14th game out of 70 in the IPL 2022 season. It was held at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 6, 2022.