Since being appointed as the captain of Delhi Capitals, Shreyas Iyer led the franchise into the Playoff (in 2019) and then the final (in 2020). Due to an injury, he missed the first half of IPL 2021. It also resulted in losing the captaincy to Rishabh Pant. Ahead of IPL 2022, the management decided to go with Pant as the captain of the Capitals and did not retain Iyer for the 2022 season.
In the beginning, there were rumors that Iyer will be chosen as the draft pick by either of the two new franchises – Lucknow or Ahmedabad. However, it did not happen because both the teams did not offer captaincy to the former DC skipper. The Lucknow franchise appointed KL Rahul as their new captain while the Ahmedabad franchise chose Hardik Pandya. Therefore Iyer has chosen to enter the Mega Auction. It is clear that Shreyas want to be the skipper of his team.
Now there is a great possibility that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might go for Shreyas Iyer in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. They are seeing him as a potential skipper of the team after Virat Kohli decided to step down from captaincy at the end of IPL 2021. RCB are in search of a captaincy candidate and the former DC skipper will be the perfect option for them.
Cricket expert Aakash Chopra has also said that Royal Challengers Bangalore are ready to pay as much as Rs 20 crore for Iyer.
“Someone told to me that RCB has kept 20cr for Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2022 Mega Auction.”