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Shreyas Iyer issues clarification after remarks on Ganguly

Written by Abhishek Patil

A day after making headlines with his remark on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly, Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper and Team India batsman Shreyas Iyer has issued a clarification on Monday. Iyer, who led the Capitals to the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the 2019 season believes he is fortunate to have great mentors like Ganguly and Ricky Ponting.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented batsmen in white-ball cricket, Iyer is also the youngest captain to feature in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league. Speaking after the toss before Delhi’s match against the Kings XI Punjab on matchday 2 of the IPL 2020, Iyer courted controversy when he lavished praise on the BCCI president while naming people who have helped him in establishing a successful career in the gentlemen’s game.

“We would have bowled first as well. I have learned to take some responsibility, with the likes of Ponting and Ganguly, it makes my task a bit easier,” Iyer told commentator Simon Doull. Iyer’s remarks soon became the talk of the town as fans opted to revisit the infamous conflict of interest chapter involving former DC mentor Ganguly.

In the wake of the controversy, Iyer took to social media and issued a clarification about his pre-match comment. Taking to Twitter, Iyer said that he only wanted to express his gratitude towards Ganguly. “My comment yesterday was to emphasize my gratitude towards the role they both have played in my personal growth as a captain,” Iyer said in a tweet.

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