During the toss before the match against Kings XI Punjab last Sunday, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas said he felt “lucky” to have the mentorship of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly. Shreyas Iyer’s comment about Sourav Ganguly has caused a stir.
Shreyas’ remarks have caused a stir. The debate has begun. Many have raised eyebrows over Shreyas’ comments. Because, at present Sourav is the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
In 2019, he was associated with Delhi Capitals. However, after taking over the administrative responsibilities of the BCCI, he withdrew from the IPL team due to conflict of interest arguments.
After Sourav’s name came up in Shreyas’ face, several board members and franchise officials said that if he had given such credit to the board president, it would not have been understood. But those officials claim that what Shreyas has said is clear that members of the Sourav unit have helped him this year as well.
Speaking to former Kiwi star bowler and current commentator Simon Dulle during the toss, Shreyas said Sourav and Ponting had helped keep his mental state in the game. “As a captain, you desperately need to keep your temper,” he said. Keep yourself calm.
I have gained it from a few years of experience. Of course, with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly by your side, things get easier. I am really lucky to have them now.
However, Shreyas later explained his position as the controversy began. He said the words were a normal compliment. He thanked the two for helping him personally. He also said that there is no other meaning in this.
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer wrote on Twitter “As a young captain, I am grateful to Dada and Ricky Ponting,”. They played a role in my journey as a cricketer and captain last season.
As a young captain, I am thankful to Ricky and Dada for being a part of my journey as a cricketer and captain last season.
My comment yesterday was to emphasise my gratitude towards the role they both have played in my personal growth as a captain.
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) September 21, 2020
The comments I made earlier are intended to thank them for their role in helping me personally as captain.