Delhi Capitals off-spinner R Ashwin admitted that there is a chance that he and Shreyas Iyer will be back in the player pool for the upcoming mega auction for IPL 2022. With two new franchises coming in, teams are only allowed to retain a maximum of four players.
R Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer were vital for Delhi Capitals over the course of the last two seasons, arguably their best period since inception. The franchise reached their first-ever final in 2020 and then followed it up a number one position in the league table this season.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin said:
“Shreyas isn’t there I think. I am not there. So, someone else would have to come. I would have known if I were taken,”
Ashwin was traded by the Punjab Kings while a young Shreyas Iyer was roped in by the franchise at the auction. The batsman was handed leadership responsibilities quickly after Gautam Gambhir left his role mid-way through the season. Iyer led the Capitals to the playoffs in his first full season as captain before making it to the finals the very next year.
A serious shoulder injury, that required surgery forced Iyer out from the first leg of the 2021 IPL. His absence meant that Rishabh Pant took over the leadership responsibilities, and continued with it even after Iyer’s return in the second leg in the UAE.
There were reports emerging which claimed that Iyer wished to depart in order to claim a leadership role with the Delhi Capitals seemingly sticking with Rishabh Pant at the helm.
Rishabh Pant’s retention seems a certainty, but it would be interesting to see if the franchise wishes to retain more and if they do, who would that personnel be, given that they have chosen to move on from Ashwin and Iyer. Young Prithvi Shaw and speedsters Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje come to mind.
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