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Shreyas Iyer's leadership was instrumental in guiding the Kolkata Knight Riders through a near-perfect IPL 2024 season.

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Shreyas Iyer: In the world of cricket, every player's journey faces highs and lows. For Shreyas Iyer, the 2024 IPL season was a defining chapter in his career. As the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, he led his team to their third IPL title, cementing his place among the elite captains of the league. However, the road to this victory was far from smooth.

Shreyas Iyer's leadership was instrumental in guiding the Kolkata Knight Riders through a near-perfect IPL 2024 season. The team's performance will boost his candidacy in captaincy in the Indian team. The victory was a big accomplishment, especially considering the challenges Iyer faced before the season began.

Rough patch before IPL

Before the IPL 2024, Shreyas Iyer experienced a tumultuous period. He was dropped from the BCCI central contract list, a decision that sparked controversy and speculation about his future. This exclusion came on the heels of fitness concerns that had already seen him miss a crucial Ranji Trophy game.

Biggest setback for Shreyas Iyer

Iyer's difficulties were not limited to contractual issues. He was part of the Indian squad for the first two Tests against England but was subsequently dropped for the remaining matches due to a string of low scores. This period was marked by further complications when Iyer missed a Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai, citing back problems. Contradictory fitness reports from the National Cricket Academy only added to the confusion.

Amidst this turmoil, reports surfaced that Iyer attended a pre-IPL camp with the Kolkata Knight Riders, which prompted the BCCI to reiterate that participation in domestic cricket was mandatory for those aspiring to play for the national team.

Here's what he says:

Shreyas Iyer opens up 

Shreyas Iyer broke his silence in a candid video on Friday, addressing the lack of communication and the decisions that seemed to work against him. He reflected on his journey, subtly alluding to the BCCI contract snub and the subsequent criticism he faced.

Iyer shared that after a successful World Cup, he intended to take a break to focus on his fitness and strength. However, misunderstandings and poor communication led to decisions that were not in his favor. Despite these challenges, he realized that his performance on the field was the ultimate answer to any doubts or criticisms.

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