Shreyas Iyer can now bat freely: Sunil Gavaskar
Mumbai, May 14 (H.S.). Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Shreyas Iyer can now bat freely as middle-order batsmen have started contributing to IPL 2022.
In the most exciting IPL season, Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh have been contributing to KKR’s middle order. Even opener Venkatesh Iyer batted brilliantly in the last match against Mumbai Indians. Gavaskar believes this will be a good sign for skipper Iyer and he can now look to bat freely.
On Star Sports show Cricket Live, Gavaskar said, “Shreyas Iyer is a key player for KKR, he has been a key player in every franchise he has played for. It is good to see that Shreyas does not have to share all the burden in the batting department for the last few matches. The recent performances of Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh will give them the confidence to bat freely and play big shots early in the innings. ,
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has heaped praise on Iyer, saying that the talented Mumbai batsman knows how to deal with pressure and can lead KKR in the right direction.
Kaif said, “Iyer is a class batsman. He likes to play under pressure and knows how to score runs consistently. He likes to play long and impressive innings. He is a brilliant captain and can take KKR in the right direction with his batting.
Kaif, however, expressed concern over Iyer’s struggle against the leg-spinners and claimed that this is one area where the right-handed batsman needs to work.
Kaif said, “Shreyas has one weakness. He doesn’t play leg spinners well. It is amazing to see an Indian batsman constantly struggling against leg-spin. He has been dismissed quite a few times by the leg-spinners this season as well. Be it Ravi Bishnoi or Rahul Chahar or Kuldeep Yadav, everyone has troubled him but he never dwells on his mistakes against the leg-spinners. Instead he continues to attack and loses his wicket. I think this department needs a lot of improvement. But at the same time, Shreyas has many such qualities that make him a special batsman.
Let us inform that KKR will face Sunrisers Hyderabad this evening.