Shreyas Iyer: 'Shahid Afridi with Brains,' Says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Shreyas Iyer: ‘Shahid Afridi with Brains,’ Says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has heaped praise on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Shreyas Iyer, comparing him to the legendary Shahid Afridi with the added advantage of brains. Sidhu believes Iyer has the potential to excel in the upcoming IPL 2024, especially after being overlooked for the BCCI central contracts.

Sidhu lauded Iyer’s ability to adapt to different situations while batting, saying, “He reminds me of a better Shahid Afridi. An Afridi with better brains. He adapts to the situation.” Sidhu also praised Iyer’s tenacity and determination, particularly after recovering from a serious injury.

Meanwhile, KKR’s former captain Gautam Gambhir has returned as a mentor for the team. Gambhir, who led KKR to two IPL titles and five playoffs during his tenure, has been tasked with guiding the team to success once again.

KKR has made a significant signing in Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who will be expected to play a crucial role in the power-play and death overs. The team also boasts a strong batting lineup, including Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Phil Salt, Venkatesh Iyer, and Shreyas Iyer.

However, KKR’s success will depend on the performance of their spinners, such as Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, and Suyash Sharma. The team will need to utilize the home conditions to provide assistance to their spin bowlers.