IPL 2022: 3 teams that can pick Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2022 Mega Auction, if not Ahmedabad
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3 teams that can pick Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2022 Mega Auction, if not Ahmedabad: The fifteenth edition of the glorious Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be a huge tournament. The elite T20 league has already passed on some hints at the big hit season and the buildup around it is growing bigger and bigger with each passing day. 

As of now, the process of retention is completed and the draft pick for the two new IPL franchises is going on. The deadline for the draft pick has been extended by the BCCI owing to which the IPL 2022 Mega Auctions have been pushed forward.

This article will lead you through 3 teams that can pick Shreyas Iyer in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Shreyas Iyer, who is one of the finest middle-order batsmen of the present generation, has been released by Delhi Capitals (DC) ahead of the IPL 2022. The franchise opted to retain the services of Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje and Prithvi Shaw for the coming season.

Iyer, who was Delhi Capitals’s batting mainstay, sustained a blow ahead of the IPL 2021 phase one and his career with the franchise took a sharp turn. He was ruled out of the first half of the IPL 2021 and DC handed over the reins to young flamboyant Rishabh Pant.

Though earlier, it seemed to be a naive decision by the franchise, however, Pant shot down the critics with his apt captaincy and put the foundation stone for his future captaincy prospect.

Shreyas Iyer return to DC in the second phase with a hope to lead the side once again after recuperating well, however, the franchise looked forward to the services of Rishabh Pant as the leader overlooking the likes of Shreyas Iyer.

The Mumbai-born cricket, Shreyas Iyer, decided to part ways in an aspiration to lead another IPL franchise in the IPL 2022.

27-years old Shreyas Iyer is pretty likely to get into one of the two new IPL teams, with the chances of Ahmedabad picking him are high, however, for a few moments, we will assume that the cricketer hasn’t gone to any of the two new IPL teams and heads over to the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.

Here we will discuss 3 teams that will be keen on picking Shreyas Iyer’s elite services in the IPL 2022.

3 teams that can pick Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2022 Mega Auction, if not Ahmedabad:

Mumbai Indians (MI):

Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2020 Final | Image: IPL
Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2020 Final | Image: IPL

Though it seems to be an unlikely choice for many, Mumbai Indians (MI) have, surprisingly, shown their interest in buying Shreyas Iyer if he makes it to the hammer. 

The five times IPL champions, Mumbai Indians, have retained the likes of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard for the coming season. The franchise will have to form a competent squad once again.

The report of the Telegraph indicated Mumbai Indians’s interest in bidding for the local boy Shreyas Iyer.

“While Mumbai Indians are also reportedly interested in picking Shreyas [Iyer] at the auction, at least one other existing franchise too want him since he is being seen as captaincy material,” read the report.

Moreover, Iyer can fetch a big bunch of local support for him as he is a successful batsman who hails from Mumbai itself. 

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

MS Dhoni and Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2019 | Image: IPL
MS Dhoni and Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2019 | Image: IPL

The MS Dhoni-led IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will also keep a keen eye on Shreyas Iyer in the coming auction. 

CSK have gained massive success under their premier skipper MS Dhoni, however, the franchise won’t be able to keep Dhoni for long now. Stumper batsman MS Dhoni has already pointed at his retirement plans which doesn’t seem too far away from the IPL 2022. MS Dhoni is likely to take his all format retirement in Chennai’s home ground Chepauk in the IPL 2022.

CSK will need someone who can don Dhoni’s shoes and lead the side in his absence and Shreyas Iyer is a strong contender for that role.

Iyer has a healthy experience of leading young Delhi Capitals (DC) for two years. Under him, DC reached its maiden IPL final and since then the franchise is also doing well.

His proven track record makes him the most suitable guy for Chennai to hand over the captaincy reins. 

Royal Challaengers Bangalore (RCB):

Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2019 | Image: IPL
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2019 | Image: IPL

For the unversed, Virat Kohli has stepped down from T20 captaincy and will not lead Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) any further. He will keep giving his elite services as the batter to the franchise.

With the responsibility to form a strong squad for the IPL 2022, RCB will be stressed with the idea of a new captaincy candidate.

Shreyas Iyer, as mentioned earlier, is a good candidate for the role. The purchase of Iyer can fulfil a few areas for the franchise in the IPL 2022.

Iyer being a leader in the past can captain the side. He can further take Virat Kohli’s legacy ahead. Moreover, he is a skilful middle-order batsman and his presence will only bolster the side.

It will be interesting to see how RCB makes further development with Virat Kohli leaving the captaincy of the team.

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