This year’s star in the 2021 Indian Premier League, Knights Knights of CalcuttaVenkatesh Iyer along with some other top performers of the 2021 Indian Premier League season has selected for India’s T20 series against New Zealand starting November 17.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the names of the 16 players who have been selected for New Zealand’s upcoming T20 Series. IPL stars such as Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer have been called up to join the squad among the 16.
The New Zealand series will mark the beginning of a new chapter as it will be the first time that Rahul Dravid will lead the Indian cricket team on a full-time basis. Along with that, Rohit Sharma was named the new T20 captain for Team India after Virat Kohli stepped down from the role following the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Venkatesh Iyer, who dropped out of the program, was one of the main reasons behind the Kolkata Knight Riders’ splendid fight in the IPL 2021, reaching the final of the biggest T20 league in the world, but ultimately lost to the Chennai Super Kings in the final.
Venkatesh Iyer, in an interaction with Time of India, revealed that he only received the news of his selection from his Madhya Pradesh teammate, Avesh Khan.
Iyer at first expressed his delight at being selected to play for Team India. He said he didn’t expect this to happen and is ready to do as many runs as possible. He also thanked the recruiters, the coaches and the captain.
He further added that it was his dream to represent India and he is ready for his dream to come true. He said he received news that he was selected for India by his Madhya Pradesh teammate Avesh Khan, who was also selected for the series.
He went on to say that he is an all-rounder and that he will play in any role the team wants him to play. He said he is a fearless hitter and will bat without fear, and will bat in any position and pitch any moment the team wants.
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He also talked about playing under Rohit Sharma and highly praised the T20 captain of the newly appointed Indian cricket team.
Venkatesh Iyer in the 2021 IPL
Venkatesh Iyer played 10 games in what was his IPL debut season and scored 370 points with a scoring rate of 128.71, opening the innings for the Kolkata Knight Riders.