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The statement given by Shreyas Iyer after the victory against Mumbai Indians (MI) on 9 May put KKR in trouble and the franchise had to get into damage control.
The last few days have been peculiar for Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer. The team, which is fighting for the playoff race in IPL 2022, has won two consecutive matches and due to this there is an atmosphere of happiness in the team. But more than this, he has been in the discussion about his statement, which raised questions on the working style of the team. Shreyas put himself and the franchise in trouble by making a statement about the role of KKR CEO Venky Mysore in team selection after defeating Mumbai in the previous match. Now KKR The captain has given clarification in an attempt to put soil on this dispute.
Shreyas Iyer surprised everyone with his statement after defeating Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Stadium on 9 May. After the match, Shreyas had said that everyone is involved in the team selection, including the CEO of the franchise. This statement of Shreyas came in response to the question which was on KKR’s team selection this season. This team changed its playing XI the most times in IPL 2022.
Shreyas told, what do CEOs do?
However, hours after Shreyas’ statement, franchise sources had told that the KKR captain’s words have been misinterpreted and the CEO never takes part in the selection of the playing XI. In such a situation, Shreyas himself presented a clarification on Saturday. After defeating Hyderabad, Shreyas said,
After the last match, when I said that the CEO is involved in team selection, I meant that he encourages the players left out of the playing XI.
For the time being, KKR will only hope that this controversy ends here and the team somehow qualify for the playoffs by winning their last match as well.
Enter the field with the right mindset
As far as the team’s performance against Hyderabad is concerned, the captain praised the mindset of the players as well as Andre Russell. Iyer said after the match, I think we came on the field with the right mindset. All the players played well and it was necessary to win the toss on this Pune pitch. We wanted to give Russell more strike. We knew that Washington (Sundar) had an over and we wanted Russell to stay till the end. 177 against Hyderabad was a good score.