With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) deciding to host the remaining fixtures of IPL 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the fans, as well as the franchises, have already started to look forward to the same. And now major news is coming in from the Delhi Capitals’ dugout. Notably, Rishabh Pant was selected as the captain of the franchise ahead of IPL 2021 in April. This is because their regular captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the entire season due to a shoulder injury.
However, it is now being learned via media reports that Iyer will be back to lead the side if he is able to regain match fitness prior to the start of the rescheduled tournament in September. His comeback will even be crucial for the Indian team with the T20 World Cup to follow soon after the cash-rich league.
Shreyas Iyer walks in as a captain, bats at Number 3: Aakash Chopra
Earlier, former cricketer, Aakash Chopra had also said that a fit Iyer should walk in as the captain of the side when the IPL resumes.
“Hundred per cent man. There is no doubt about it. Fit and available, Shreyas Iyer walks in as a captain, bats at No.3. Then you can play Nortje alongside Rabada, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis. Suddenly the Delhi team, which is already very strong and is at No.1 at the moment, will become even more strong,” Chopra had said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
“Rules are definitely not like that once you are ruled out, you cannot come back. When fit and available, come back and play,” he added.
Notably, Iyer was appointed the captain in 2018 after Gautam Gambhir stepped down midway through the season. Since then, the Capitals have had a great run, reaching their maiden final last year.