Venkatesh Iyer was instrumental in taking the Eoin Morgan-led facet to ultimate in IPL 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ resurgence within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was parallel to Venkatesh Iyer’s metoric rise. The all-rounder made his debut within the UAE leg of the competitors and altered KKR’s fortunes together with his blitzes on the high. While the swashbuckling opener performed a number of staggering knocks, his capability to chip in with few overs made him a fair better asset.
He thus was instrumental in taking the Eoin Morgan-led facet to ultimate this 12 months. Impressed by his stellar present, the BCCI selectors awarded Venkatesh a spot within the Indian staff for the three-match T20I collection in opposition to New Zealand. Making his debut within the first T20I in Jaipur on Wednesday (November 17), the southpaw smashed an important boundary within the first ball of the ultimate over.
Harbhajan Singh had predicted Venkatesh Iyer’s rise
Although the batter was dismissed on the very subsequent supply, India ultimately gained the sport by 5 wickets. Meanwhile, Iyer, in an interplay with ESPNcricinfo, revealed that veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, his teammate at KKR, had predicted his emergence even earlier than his IPL debut.
“Harbhajan Singh told me straight to my face when the IPL began. I was not even a part of the set-up and he saw me in a couple of net sessions. He told me ‘you will be KKR’s find this season; I have complete faith in you and when you get the opportunity, you will definitely be able to do it’,” Iyer revealed.
“And to be honest, I did not believe that. I was like why is this guy telling me so much when he hasn’t even seen me bat in practice games. I thought that it was just the good person inside him telling me, comforting me; but I am really happy that it turned out to be slightly true. So that was something that really warmed my heart,” the 26-year-old added.
Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are actually 1-0 up within the three-match collection. Hence a win within the subsequent sport, which is scheduled to be performed on the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday (November 19), would seal the deal for them. Venkatesh will even be decided to place up a considerable present.