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IPL 2024: KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer eyes winning start at campaign opener

Though things haven’t exactly gone well for Shreyas Iyer in recent weeks, he plans to move past the controversy and negativity and concentrate on his current task: turning around the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) now that he is back in charge.

Iyer had a poor run of form following his brilliant performance in the ICC World Cup of the previous year. He struggled in Tests throughout the South African tour and in the first two home games against England. The KKR skipper was eventually benched for the remainder of the England series and was subsequently excluded from the BCCI central contracts list for not returning to the Ranji Trophy in order to find his form.

Iyer would eventually turn up for Mumbai towards the end of their successful campaign, making 95 in the championship match against Vidarbha to help the side win the esteemed First-Class competition in India for an incredible 42nd time. And this is in spite of the fact that he is still in danger of suffering a recurrent back injury, even though his medical clearance to play in the IPL has been granted.

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Iyer is now permitted to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a rider, provided that he exercises caution when lunging forward. Nonetheless, the KKR captain believes he is in top form.

“I don’t want to think about what the doctor has said, what the injury was because, as I mentioned previously, when you over-think, put your focus on the injury, and in that moment, forget about what you’re doing the best,” Iyer told the media.

“So, I want to put all these things aside and focus on what’s there for me on the plate,” he added.

He believes that, going into the event, he is in a good mental state.

“I am feeling very positive as I have fulfilled all the requirements,” Iyer continued.

“As of right now, I think I’m in the best form conceivable when I look at myself. I have played in the IPL for a very long time, so I’m not entirely cut off from it. I have personally prepared myself really well,” he added.

He is prepared for the major task because he has put in the necessary work.

I’ve been hitting the balls, hitting the training schedule consistently, and batting for extended amounts of time. I am thus flourishing on that,” he said.

Iyer’s back issue has been the subject of a lot of discussion since he withdrew from the Test series against England. The Indian batsman now lacks a key contract ahead of the T20I World Cup in June.