Mumbai, April 18 -- How challenging is it to captain an IPL team packed with international stars? Ask Shreyas Iyer, who, at 24, has led a refurbished Delhi Capitals side featuring India stalwarts like Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma, with verve.

For a team that has languished somewhere in the bottom rung year after year, occupying the second spot halfway through IPL 2019 is a big leap. Iyer, who has had captaincy stints with domestic giants Mumbai and India 'A', brought that experience into play.

"When I was named captain midway through last season, I took it up as a challenge, and in some sense it has also made me into a better player," Iyer said.

"This year I knew I was going to be captaining for the full season, and it helped me prep...