Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 head coach Murtaza Lodhgar has passed away, Cricket Association Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya confirmed.

With the captaincy role handed over, at least for the season, Shreyas Iyer is now concentrating more on his batting and hitting those powerful shots ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021. In Delhi Capitals’ practice session on Friday, the Mumbai batsman made short work of the bowler and pulled him for a six at the deep mid-wicket region.

IPL 2021 will be another chance for Delhi Capitals to win the elusive title. Last season, they missed out on the trophy in the final but now, they have maintained consistency even though all of them haven’t fired from all cylinders yet.

Shreyas Iyer’s return to the side and form will be a welcome change as they have often suffered a middle-order collapse. With Iyer at No 4, that could now be sorted. The rest of the team looks solid on paper and the only worry will be Rishabh Pant’s form. The captain hasn’t had a good season in the UAE and will be under pressure to deliver after being entrusted with the captaincy role for the remainder of the season.

As for Shreyas Iyer, his world turned upside down in a matter of months. A shoulder injury kept him out of India’s England and Sri Lanka tours besides IPL 2021 Phase 1. He also lost his place in Team India with Suryakumar being preferred ahead of him for the T20 World Cup. With Rishabh Pant leading Delhi Capitals to the top of the IPL points table, he had no way to take the throne once again straight away.

But he is not bothered and wants to continue to focus on batting Instead, he is now concentrating on his batting to earn his place back — in Team India and Delhi Capitals.