Irfan Pathan feels Shreyas Iyer decided to head to the Indian Premier League mega-auction as he wants to look for a new challenge

Irfan Pathan feels Shreyas Iyer decided to head to the Indian Premier League mega-auction as he wants to look for a new challenge after spending seven years at Delhi Capitals.

Fans of the franchise were surprised to see Shreyas Iyer’s name missing from the list of retained players – Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, and Anrich Nortje.

Pathan further added that something is going on at Delhi Capitals, which has not been revealed. Iyer was impressive in b his captaincy stint for th franchise, but an unfortunate injury had ruled him out of the first leg of IPL 2021.

Rishabh Pant replaced Iyer as captain, and the franchise has decided to go ahead with the left-handed batter for the new season. Iyer made a comeback in the second leg but he played as a pure batter.

“I think so (Shreyas Iyer might be looking for another challenge). He was leading the side really well, playing really well but suddenly, when he came back after the injury, he was not the captain.

“So that means there is something going on which is not out there in the public. Which means Rishabh Pant will continue as the captain and it’s a great opportunity for Shreyas Iyer. Just go out and maybe lead another franchise,” Pathan said on Star Sports.

“Shreyas Iyer has been scoring runs consistently in the middle order for Delhi Capitals in the last 3 seasons, which is not easy at all.

“We have seen the majority of the runs being scored by openers because they get more balls to face, but if you bat in the middle order trying to finish the game and being a leader, you add value to your franchise.

“Shreyas Iyer, wherever he will go he will add a lot of value to the franchise and hopefully be able to lead the side as well,” Pathan said.

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