KKR Captaincy: Kolkata Knight Riders in FIX, as ANXIOUS wait grows for injured Shreyas Iyer, Sunil Narine emerges as potential stand-in captain, Follow IPL 2023 LIVE
IPL 2023: Shreyas Iyer Injury Update – KKR captaincy: With just a week to go for the IPL 2023 to kick off,…
IPL 2023: Shreyas Iyer Injury Update – KKR captaincy: With just a week to go for the IPL 2023 to kick off, Kolkata Knight Riders are in a fix. Captain Shreyas Iyer is recovering from a back injury putting his participation in the tournament in doubt. The 29-year-old could return for the second half of the tournament, should his recovery work out well. In his absence, the two-time champions are left scrambling for captaincy options. Despite a dismal ILt20, Sunil Narine has emerged as a potential stand-in captain. Follow IPL 2023 LIVE Updates on Insidesport.IN
With no return date set for Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders have less than a week to name their stand-in skipper for IPL 2023. The tournament kicks off on March 31 and KKR is without a skipper. Shreyas while not ruled out of the tournament entirely, will miss the initial games. He suffered a back injury and is currently at home resting. While the surgery was suggested by both BCCI and NCA, Shreyas decided to ‘wait and watch’ hopeful of featuring in the IPL.
In his absence, Kolkata Knight Riders will need to appoint a new captain. Sunil Narine is the current front runner as per multiple reports. Having spent 11 seasons with KKR, Narine will take over the mantle on an interim basis until Shreyas can resume his duties.
KKR Captaincy Conundrum
- With just a week to go, it is unclear who will lead KKR in the upcoming IPL season.
- Regular skipper Shreyas Iyer has been struck with an injury and could miss most of the season.
- In his absence, the franchise are still hunting for a new captain.
- Sunil Narine is a potential candidate for the leadership position.
- Narine has been with the franchise for more than 11 seasons since joining in 2012.
- However, he had a dismal run as captain of the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.
- In the ILT20, his team only won one of his 10 games as captain.
Narine incidentally led KKR’s sister franchise Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the IlT20. It did not work out well, with the franchise finishing at the bottom of the table, with just 1 win in 10 games. Despite the dismal record, KKR are set to trust the West Indian all-rounder given his experience.
Nitish Rana was also in consideration but his limited leadership and international experience ruled against his favour. Furthermore, he suffered a left ankle injury on Thursday at Eden Gardens during a practice session, making it KKR’s third prominent injury of the offseason. The seriousness of the injury is undetermined, he is expected to feature in their first game of the season.
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