Delhi Capitals hitter Shreyas Iyer returned to competitive cricket after a six-month gap following his shoulder injury, surgery, rehabilitation and recovery. Iyer was injured in March during the ODI series against England and was therefore excluded from the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Delhi Capitals had appointed wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant as their replacement captain for the season, but who knew that the cash-rich team’s 14th edition would be on hold midway and when they returned four and a half months later, Shreyas Iyer will be in good shape and they will have a tough decision to make.
The Capitals ultimately retained Pant as captain for the season as Shreyas returned with no cricket behind him and also looked to the future.
Iyer played a 47 * practice shot with just 41 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in DC’s opener in the second half and helped his side to an 8-wicket victory.
After the match at the press conference, Iyer was asked about his status as a batter when he was captain and now that he’s not captain said: “When I was given the captain job , I was in a different frame of mind and my level of decision making and temperament was very good and I have benefited from this over the past two years.
Speaking of Pant retaining the captain for the entire 2021 IPL edition, “It’s part of the franchise’s decision-making or any decision made, I respect the fact and Rishabh has been leading the team well since the start of the season and they thought he should be continued until the end of the season and I totally respect the decision, ”he added.
Iyer said there had been no drastic change as such in his stick, just that he focused more on the stick as he liked to soak up the pressure when he was the leader and he always enjoys playing in pressure and difficult situations.