Shreyas Iyer spoke about the discussion he had with Delhi Capitals teammate Ravichandran Ashwin regarding the spinner’s talent in bringing out non-attackers from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
When Ashwin used to ply his trade for Kings XI Punjab, now known as the Punjab Kings, in 2019, he exhausted Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler on the non-attacking side before releasing his delivery. The incident sparked much debate on the subject, with questions surrounding whether the action was in the spirit of the sport or not.
In a recent interaction with the YouTube channel of Cricketer, Delhi Capitals skipper Iyer spoke about the initial discussions he and his trainer Ricky Ponting had with Ashwin last year.
“Ricky and I were adamant that we weren’t going to do this [running out the non-striker]. Ashwin had to accept whatever we said, ”he revealed.
The 26-year-old further said that after some deliberation from the coach and himself, Ashwin finally agreed not to run out of non-strikers, but with terms and conditions. “Ashwin finally said, ‘I’m going to stick with whatever you say, until and unless the batter does something very weird,'” he added.
“I’ll be in good shape in time for the IPL but I’m not sure about the captain’s position”
Shreyas Iyer believes he will be fit to return for the second game of the Indian Premier League, but the Indian drummer is unsure of his captain’s return, saying the decision is up to the owners of the Delhi Capitals.
The 26-year-old has been ruled out of the IPL following a left shoulder injury suffered during the series against England.
In Iyer’s absence, flamboyant goaltender-batsman Rishabh Pant led the Capitals, who were perched atop the points table when the league was suspended due to multiple cases of COVID-19 in its bio-bubble.
“My shoulder, I think the healing process is over. Now is the last step in achieving strength and reach. So it will take about a month, and the training obviously continues. Other than that, I think I’ll be there in the IPL, ”Iyer said during an address on“ The Grade Cricketer ”podcast.
When asked if he would return as captain from Delhi, Iyer said, “I don’t know about the captain. It is in the hands of the owners. But the team has already done well, and we’re on top, and that’s what really matters to me.
“My main goal is to lift the trophy, which Delhi has never done before,” said the elegant drummer.