Mohammad Kaif praised Shreyas Iyer for leading KKR to their first-ever top finish in IPL 2024, highlighting his on-field presence and leadership as crucial to the team’s success.

Kolkata Knight Riders have secured their spot in the 2024 Indian Premier League final by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1. KKR’s strong performance, restricting Sunrisers to 159 runs and chasing it down in just 13.4 overs, showcased their dominance. Much credit for KKR’s success is attributed to the return of mentor Gautam Gambhir, a two-time IPL-winning captain. His influence led to the resurgence of Sunil Narine in the opening position, a move that reaped rewards for the team.

While Gambhir receives much praise, former India player Mohammad Kaif believes Shreyas Iyer’s leadership and on-field management are the true driving forces behind KKR’s remarkable season, emphasizing Iyer’s personal and player growth alongside the team.

“We always talk about (Gautam) Gambhir, but he can’t enter the field… in the rope with the players. Iyer has been there with the players, and it will help him grow as a person and player,” Kaif told PTI.

“He missed out on the (T20) World Cup this year (beginning in the US and West Indies next month), but certainly it’s great learning for him, captaining the team, leading it to the finals. He has a great future ahead,” he added.

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Notably, Kaif also believes Kolkata Knight Riders are the top contenders to lift the IPL trophy this season. He praised KKR’s balanced team, highlighting their strong bowling lineup led by Mitchell Starc.

“I think KKR is a very well-balanced side. Tournament-winning team has to have good bowlers, KKR has got the bowlers. You saw how (Mitchell) Starc bowled against (SRH in Qualifier 1), it’s a balanced side. KKR has got all bases covered in terms of batting and bowling. They are the team to beat in IPL, they are way ahead,” the former cricketer concluded.

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Last Updated on May 24, 2024

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