Top 5 IPL innings of KKR captain Shreyas Iyer

With Shreyas returning for the 2024 season and Gautam Gambhir taking on the role of the team’s mentor, it promises to be an enthralling spectacle witnessing Shreyas lead under the guidance of the former captain as the KKR family comes together in unity.

Over the years, Shreyas Iyer has etched his name as a cricketer unafraid to express himself with the bat. Displaying unwavering aggression even in challenging situations, Iyer has consistently applied pressure on the opposition through his aggressive stroke play.

In the recent 2023 World Cup, Iyer exhibited his class by amassing a staggering 530 runs in 11 innings, boasting an impressive average of 66.25 and a striking strike rate of 113.24. As the sole Indian middle-order batter scoring briskly, he played a pivotal role in propelling the Men in Blue to imposing totals in the latter stages of the tournament.

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Iyer’s proactive approach at the crease resonates across formats, earning him accolades through standout performances in the IPL. While his overall IPL strike rate may not be overwhelming, his diligent efforts to refine his game have been evident over the past few seasons.

KKR secured Iyer’s services at the 2022 mega auction, recognizing his batting prowess and leadership qualities. Entrusted with captaincy, Iyer led the Knight Riders in the 2022 season. Despite the team’s seventh-place finish, Iyer’s leadership stood out. Confirmed to resume his captaincy role for KKR in the upcoming season, Nitish Rana will serve as his deputy.

Beyond his counter-attacking style and consistent six-hitting ability, Iyer possesses a solid defense and can adeptly anchor the innings when required. In an era marked by fearless batters, Iyer stands out for his ability to balance aggression with patience, making him less susceptible to cheap dismissals.

Now since he is back for the 2024 season, with Gautam Gambhir as the mentor of the team, it will be exciting to watch Shreyas leading under former skipper’s guidance as KKR family unites.

Let’s delve into the top five batting performances that underscore Iyer’s brilliance in the IPL:

96 (57) vs GL in IPL 2017
Chasing a daunting target of 196 runs, Delhi were reeling at 15/2 before Iyer entered the crease at No.4. He stabilized the innings, timing his shots impeccably. Launching a ruthless assault later, Iyer’s impressive knock of 96 runs featured 15 boundaries and 2 sixes, at a strike rate of 168.42.

93 (40) vs KKR in IPL 2018
In his first innings as captain, Iyer exhibited bold leadership, scoring a blistering 93 runs off 40 balls. His explosive knock, embellished with ten sixes, propelled Delhi to a formidable total of 219 runs.

88 (38) vs KKR in IPL 2020
At the Sharjah Stadium, Iyer dazzled with a brilliant knock of 88 off only 38 balls, guiding Delhi to a mammoth total of 228 runs and an 18-run victory.

83 (56) vs MI in IPL 2015
Iyer silenced critics with a remarkable innings, scoring 83 runs off 56 balls against Mumbai Indians. Opening the innings, he deftly countered the formidable pace attack of Mumbai.

58 (49) vs PBKS in IPL 2019
Facing a challenging target of 164 runs, Iyer played a captain’s innings, guiding Delhi to victory with a mature knock of 58 runs off 49 balls.