He added: "My respect for him has really gone up". He had nowhere to go but home at the last auction, that too was made possible since the Delhi Daredevils management had kept faith with him. Iyer's timing of acceleration was flawless against Knight Riders, but in Pune, against CSK, he must contend with a bowling attack with a better quality at the death and Bravo, in particular.
While Iyer stole the limelight with his belligerence in the later part of the innings, it was teenaged sensation Prithvi Shaw and Colin Munro who got Delhi off to a breezy start with a 59-run opening stand.
"I don't think there was much difference in how we played (earlier), it's just that we got a good start in the first powerplay". After Gautam Gambhir stepped down as DD's captain, Iyer was chosen to lead the side and bring DD back on the winning track.
The sensational Shaw made 62 off 44, including two maximums and seven fours, before his sublime innings was shut down when Piyush Chawla (1-33) sent his middle stump tumbling.
Delhi scored a whopping 76 runs in the last four overs and 49 of those came off the bat of Iyer, who in all hit three fours and 10 sixes. The Kiwi batsman along with young Shaw negotiated, hitherto, dominating KKR spinners Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav with aplomb, raising fifty in just 4.4 overs. There are many chinks yet to be ironed for him, but if he can carry on at this level as a batsman, he could join the long list of illustrious U-19 alumni. An overjoyed Iyer expressed delight over his team's performance and complimented his bowlers for delivering the goods.
Maxwell has scores of 17, 13, 47, 4 and 12 so far and it is absolutely imperative for the Daredevils that he regains his form.
In reply, KKR were reeling at 77-5 before Andre Russell and Shubman Gill combined to stitch a 65-runs stand.
Today's match between Delhi and Kolkata will take place at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium located in Delhi.
Meanwhile, Iyer has played for Delhi from the start of his IPL career. He was also one of only three players to be retained by DD ahead of the 2018 auction. It is an fantastic feeling winning my first game as a skipper.
IPL 2018, Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders will be broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Star Sports Hindi 1, Star Sports Hindi I HD.