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IPL 2021: After post match lessons from Kohli, Venkatesh Iyer slams maiden IPL fifty

Virat Kohli and Venkatesh Iyer were heard speaking about how to counter a short ball.

venkatesh iyerVirat Kohli shares words of wisdom with Venkatesh Iyer. (Screengrab)

Venkatesh Iyer had a debut to remember as he scored an unbeaten 41 off 27 balls. The southpaw, who opened the batting for KKR played quite a few audacious shots and helped his team reach the target of 93 in 10 overs.

Iyer, who could have been a successful management professional after finishing his MBA in finance and giving up a placement as a tax consultant, also hit the winning runs.

The 26-yer-old, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket, scored most of his runs behind the wicket and in front. His fearless batting received praise from all quarters.

After the match, Iyer was spotted gaining some valuable batting lessons from the RCB skipper.

“I got out because I predicted before that he might bowl back of a length,” Kohli can be heard citing his dismissal as an example.

The talismanic Indian batsmen then went on to explain how moving forward could be a help. “If u press forward – you are in a good position to leave, to get under the ball, and a good position to rock up. the base has to be good,” he said.

Chasing a paltry 93 runs for their third win, KKR barely broke a sweat as debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41* off 27) and Shubman Gill (48 off 34) played fluently to see KKR romp home.

However, Iyer proved that his first knock was not a flash in the pan as he continued his strong bottom-hand play in the match against Mumbai Indians and raced to his fifty in just 25 balls.

One fascinating aspect which Iyer showed is that he isn’t simply slogging but has takes calculated risks. More than skill, timing and positivity Venkatesh Iyer also showed correct temperament and character – definitely a candidate for grooming for the future.

Who is Venkatesh Iyer?

Venkatesh Iyer was once a CA student and then decided to pursue an MBA in finance before finally focusing on his cricket career and that too on the insistence on his mother.

” Had there been no cricket, I would have landed in an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) or IIM (Indian Institute of Management),” he was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

First published on: 21-09-2021 at 08:57:00 am
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