Shreyas Iyer will walk in as Delhi Capitals skipper: Aakash Chopra on DC captaincy change when IPL 14 resumes
The news of Shreyas Iyer's injury during the India vs England limited-overs series didn't hurt the national team as much as it did Delhi Capitals (DC). Iyer, who is the full-time skipper of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, was soon ruled out for the entire season 2021, with Rishabh Pant being put in charge. However, with Iyer expected to be fit and available for the second-half of the season, Aakash Chopra feels the right-handed batsman would walk into the team as skipper whenever the T20 league resumes.After much contemplation, Rishabh Pant was made the skipper of the Delhi Capitals franchise for the season 2021. Pant, who has been a revelation over the last 7-8 months in Indian cricket, also fulfilled the role of a captain beautifully. Before the season was suspended, Pant had led the Delhi Capitals to the top of the table with 6 wins in 8 games.Chopra, answering a few fans' questions in a video posted on his YouTube channel, believed that Iyer would come in as the captain of the franchise if he is fit and available whenever the remainder of the season takes place.“Hundred percent man. There is no doubt in it. Fit and available, Shreyas Iyer walks in as a captain, bats at No.3. Then you can play Nortje alongside Rabada, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis. Suddenly the Delhi team, which is already very strong and is at No.1 at the moment, will become even more strong.”“Rules are definitely not like that once you are ruled out, you cannot come back. When fit and available, come back and play,” he added.Iyer had become the captain of Delhi Capitals in 2018 after Gautam Gambhir stepped down midway through the season. He has since led the franchise beautifully. In the 2019 season, he led DC to the playoffs but the team was defeated by eventual champions Chennai Super Kings. In 2019, Iyer was the captain of the Delhi team that went all the way to the final of the competition before being beaten by Mumbai Indians.DC remain one of the favourites to lift the title and going by the season they've had so far, there's no doubting that the franchise would look to go all the way this time whenever the remainder of the season resumes.