IPL: Shreyas Iyer breaks silence on losing captaincy to Rishabh Pant

Shamanth Jayaram September 23, 2021
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Shreyas Iyer was the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but a terrible injury sidelined him, and Rishab Pant was handed the responsibility.

Iyer missed the first leg of the IPL in India. He was ruled out of the entire competition, but luckily for him, the tournament came to a halt midway.

Iyer has now recovered from his injury and the second leg of the IPL is underway in the UAE. Many expected him to take over the captaincy, but the Capitals have decided to stick with Pant for the remainder of the season.

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Shreyas Iyer breaks silence on losing captaincy to Rishabh Pant

The 26-year-old said, as per Times Now News: “When I got the captaincy, I was in a different frame of mind. My decision-making and temperament level was really good. It really helped in the last two years. But obviously, this is part of the decision-making from the franchise.

“I respect the decision they have made to continue with him (Pant) as captain. As for Rishabh Pant, he is leading really well from the start of the season. That’s why the decision-makers took the call to let him continue till the end of the season. I completely respect it.

“There is no drastic change as such and it isn’t like I am focusing even more than before on my batting. As captain, I like to soak in the pressure. With pressure comes challenges, and my mindset is such that I perform well in pressure situations.”

Are Delhi right to stick with Pant?

It is slightly unfair for Iyer to lose his captaincy due to his injury. A case can be made that he deserved to lead the team again now that he’s fit, but the Delhi Capitals have made the right decision.

Under Pant’s captaincy, Delhi ended the first leg of the IPL on top of the league table. They are still top thanks to their win over SunRisers Hyderabad yesterday, and it looks like they’ve all but secured a spot in the play-offs.

When a team is playing so well, it really doesn’t make any sense to change things. The Delhi management and coach Ricky Ponting are right to stick with Pant, and it’s good to see Iyer getting on with things without making a fuss.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.