- In the first T20 against New Zealand, a new player has got a chance in the Indian team.
- Venkatesh Iyer, who played for KKR in IPL, is making his T20 debut
- He has been included in the Indian team after batting fearlessly in the Indian Premier League.
It is said that work hard, luck will shine by itself. Something similar happened with Venkatesh Iyer, who emerged as a cannon batsman in the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League. The charisma that he did for the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the second half of IPL-2021 played in the United Arab Emirates got him an entry in Team India and today he also made his T20 International debut against New Zealand.
India won the toss and elected to bowl against New Zealand in the first match of the T20I series at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. When the newly appointed captain Rohit Sharma announced the team, a recently discussed name was Venkatesh Iyer. This bowler had played all the legendary bowlers including Jasprit Bamurah with great bravery in the IPL.
For this reason, he got a place under Rohit’s captaincy for the 3-match series against New Zealand. He played 10 matches for Shah Rukh Khan-owned KKR and scored 370 runs at an impressive average of 41.11 and strikerate of 128.47. During this, 4 half-centuries were studded, while 67 was the best score. If seen, Venkatesh was not very famous before the UAE leg.
The manner in which he batted fearlessly in front of the big bowlers impressed the selectors of Team India. After all, this MBA player, a fan of Rajinikanth, also got a chance to debut. Earlier, 18 T20 Internationals have been played between the two teams, in which India have won only six. In terms of records, the Kiwis have outperformed the Indian team and they have won nine matches. Whereas, two tie matches and one have been cancelled.
Venkatesh said, “I want to learn as much as I can in which Rahul sir is a legend and he has a lot to share.” He said, ‘How we learn things will depend on what we are asked to do. I have not brought anything in my mind, so whatever will be taught, I will learn it in that way. Captain Rohit Sharma has given him some important tricks and it was definitely a special moment. Venkatesh said, ‘If Rohit Sharma, one of the best batsmen in the world, shares something with me, it will be special. I will try to enjoy every moment of this tournament.
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deeper Chahar
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Darrell Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult