Venkatesh Iyer : From the Ranji Regular to an IPL Star to the “cover” member of Indian T20 World Cup Squad. How his life has changed in last 4 weeks?

Venkatesh Iyer has become the new talk of the town. In such a short span of time, he has become a sensation and is hailed as the next big thing in Indian cricket. Cricket experts have been so impressed by Venkatesh Iyer that they have called him the “Find of the season”. As a matter if fact, Venkatesh Iyer’s arrivals changed the fortunes of KKR.

What is special about Venkatesh Iyer’s batting?

Venkatesh Iyer’s aggressive batting always game KKR a good start. This in return helped them do well and thus win matches. Hence it is safe to say that the southpaw has been one of the key performers for KKR in the second phase of the tournament. However, what is his journey? How did an unknown cricketers become an instant sensation? From the Ranji batsman to an IPL star to the “cover” member of Indian T20 World Cup Squad. How life of Venkatesh Iyer changed in last 4 weeks?

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Venkatesh Iyer has showed the rare skill of flourishing in Testing Times

 

Venkatesh Iyer is just a Domestic Newbie

Venkatesh Iyer has played just the 10 FC games and the 24 List A games. What if we were to tell you that he has scored just the one hundred in these games? Venkatesh Iyer wasn’t a known name back then. The attacking Left-Handed Opener made his T20 debut against the Railways cricket team. It was at the Holkar Stadium in March 2015 and he then went on to make his List A debut against Saurashtra cricket team at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

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He has scored 545 runs at FC level. The Southpaw has also scored 6 fifties at an average of 36. When it comes to List A, Venkatesh Iyer has again scored 849 runs at an average of 47.16. Thus, his numbers look decent to say the least. Besides, he is more than just a handy bowlers and cam bowl as well. He has picked over 20 wickets in his domestic career. Thus, this tempted the Kolkata Knight Riders to go for him in the auctions. Venkatesh Iyer was then bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League.

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Venkatesh Iyer stance looks quite balanced when it comes to his batting technique

 

He now has become their swashbuckler opener who hits the big shots for fun. He has now scored 320 runs in just the 9 IPL games. His batting average and strike rate are 40 and 125 respectively. Not to forget his handy bowling.

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Venkatesh Iyer has picked 3 wickets in the 3 games at an economy rate of 8.53. Considering the wide variety of skills he possesses, India have decided to keep him as a cover for the T20 WC. Hardik Pandya’s poor fitness and form has helped his cause. His rise and change in fortunes are well and truly remarkable and thus, it wouldn’t be surprising if he does go on to represent India in the near future or probably in the T20 WC itself!

What’s next for Venkatesh Iyer?

If we talk about his prospect of represting Indian Cricket Team, then we would admire him as the man of future of Indian Cricket. Keeping in mind his bowling skills are such the skillsets that we hardly find in any of the batsman nowadays. Additionaly being a fast bowler, BCCI should surely groom his as an all-rounder.

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Edited By : Devansh Awasthi
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