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Former India batter Robin Uthappa has endorsed Shreyas Iyer as the future India captain, praising his leadership of Kolkata Knight Riders to the IPL 2024 title.

Following Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2024 win under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy, former Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa has endorsed Iyer as a strong contender for India’s future captaincy. Uthappa praised Iyer’s leadership qualities, emphasizing his composed demeanor and tactical skills during the season.

This marked Iyer’s second stint as KKR’s captain, having previously led them in 2022 to a seventh-place finish before missing the following season due to a back injury. Reinstated as captain for 2024, Iyer’s leadership was instrumental in KKR’s success. Uthappa highlighted Iyer’s growth, attributing it to his interactions with strong cricketing personalities like Gautam Gambhir, Chandrkant Pandit, and Abhishek Nayar.

“I am going to say it here. He is going to be the future India captain. I think he is next in line, maybe even ahead of Shubman Gill. He has got the character and wherewithal to handle a team. I think there’s a lot he has learnt this season. You have got to understand that he was working with Gautam Gambhir, Chandrkant Pandit and Abhishek Nayar – three very strong personalities,” Uthappa said about Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy,” Uthappa said when speaking on JioCinema.

“You have to navigate your way through these strong personalities throughout the season while having your way, and learning on the run. That’s not easy to navigate through an entire IPL season while performing, giving your best and making the right calls. He has done that with utter dominance. That tells you a lot about his character and what he believes he is capable of. I think because of that, he sets himself up in the right space to be in the conversation for the next Indian captain,” he added.

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Despite facing hurdles, including being omitted from the BCCI central contract list due to a back injury that sidelined him during crucial Test matches and the Ranji Trophy semi-final, Shreyas Iyer’s resilience shone through in IPL 2024. Uthappa then lauded Iyer’s dignified response to his setbacks, commending his focus and determination.

“Even after going through a lot, the back injury, the World Cup snub, not getting a central contract – a lot of conjecture about what was happening with him. He barely spoke about it, I think just before the final, he touched upon it. I think that goes to show he has got his sight clear on what he is going to do for himself and the teams he plays for. I think it’s just the beginning of the leader that we are going to see Shreyas Iyer is going to be,” concluded the former KKR batter,” the former cricketer concluded.



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Last Updated on May 27, 2024

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