IPL 2024: Shreyas Iyer zoned out: Fans slams Kolkata captain for toss blunder vs Bengaluru

IPL 2024: Shreyas Iyer zoned out: Fans slams Kolkata captain for toss blunder vs Bengaluru

Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer found himself at the centre of numerous trolls and memes on social media following a fumble during the toss of his team’s eagerly-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 fixture against Bengaluru on March 29. After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Iyer seemed perplexed by the single change his team had made since their previous match against Hyderabad on March 25.

When asked about the team changes in the Kolkata side, Shreyas Iyer revealed that it was Anukul Roy who would be coming into the squad facing Bengaluru. However, Shreyas appeared clueless about who Anukul would be replacing in the squad. “We have to see to it that we capitalise on the start. The bowling – Anukul comes in. I am seriously confused. There are two teams given to me,” Shreyas said during the toss.

Anukul Roy had Nitish Rana in the Kolkata playing XI for the Bengaluru clash. This decision raised eyebrows amongst Kolkata fans, as Rana had served as the team’s acting skipper during their IPL 2023 campaign in the absence of the injured Shreyas.


Even before the beginning of the IPL 2024 season, Shreyas Iyer had been under immense scrutiny for his dismal Test form, which ultimately got him dropped from India’s Test series against England after playing just two of the five matches. Shreyas’s bad turn of fortunes even saw his BCCI central contract getting canceled due to his alleged leniency in playing domestic cricket.

Shreyas returned to IPL in the 2024 season, after having missed the entirety of the 2023 season due to a back injury. However, his long-desired comeback to the tournament did not go as planned after he was dismissed for a duck in his side’s season opener against Hyderabad. Despite their captain’s failure, Kolkata recorded an emphatic win against Hyderabad by a mere 4 runs.

Upon Gautam Gambhir returning to the Kolkata side as a mentor ahead of the IPL 2024 season, there was a lot of speculation about Shreyas’s leadership role in the team. This fumble by Shreyas has only stretched those speculations, with many hailing Gambhir as the one who makes the calls in the team.

Published By:

Debodinna Chakraborty

Published On:

Mar 29, 2024

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