New Delhi. The final of IPL 2021 will be between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings (KKR vs CSK IPL Final) on 15 October. Chennai made the journey till the final easily. But the road has not been easy for KKR. Kolkata started the second half of IPL 2021 well by winning two consecutive matches. But the team could not maintain this winning streak and lost 2 out of the next 3 matches. He was in danger of being knocked out of the playoffs as well. But in this difficult time, the player playing his first IPL emerged as a troubleshooter for KKR and worked to take the team to the final. The name of this player is Venkatesh Iyer. 26-year-old Iyer has also knocked on the door of Team India due to his brilliant game in IPL 2021.
After all, how did superstar Rajnikanth’s fan Venkatesh change the fortunes of KKR this season? What is it that KKR mentor David Hussey is calling him a ‘clone of Steven Fleming’, former New Zealand captain. There is no need to spend a lot of brain to understand this. The responsibility and cool mind Iyer batted with in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. This explains why he is being compared to Fleming. Iyer batted brilliantly in the UAE leg. But never seeing him did it feel that he was just swinging the bat on every ball. He hit the weak balls on most of the occasions and batted sensing the opportunity.
Venkatesh Iyer is mentally strong
Iyer retained his style in the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals as well. He already knew that it is necessary to score maximum runs in the powerplay on the slow pitch of Sharjah. So when Shubman came out to chase the target of 136 runs with Gill, he batted keeping this in mind. Even though Shubman Gill expressed the intention of KKR hitting a four on the very first ball. But after that the whole show was Iyer Le Ude.
The left-handed batsman first hit a sweep game four against R Ashwin. Then the ball of Akshal Patel was brought directly to the roof of the stadium. However, this all-rounder played the most surprising shot on the ball of Kagiso Rabada, one of the world’s best fast bowlers. The way Iyer hit Rabada for a six over long on while walking, it is enough to tell how strong this player is mentally.
Iyer will be India’s star batsman in future: Ponting
Thanks to Iyer, KKR scored 51 runs in 6 overs without losing a wicket. This is where KKR won half the battle. By the time Iyer (55) got out, KKR had scored 96 runs in 12.2 overs. For any team from here, victory was just a formality. However, KKR had to struggle a bit. Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting himself was so impressed with Iyer’s game that after the match he announced that Iyer would be India’s star batsman in future.
‘Venkatesh’s clone of Kiwi legend Steven Fleming’
After the match, KKR mentor David Hussey told Iyer to play long shots with ease. He gave the team important starts on several occasions in the UAE leg, due to which the task of the later batsmen became easier. He is a player of high stature like Fleming. I believe he is Fleming’s clone. He has a bright future in cricket.
Iyer scored 320 runs at an average of 40 in the UAE leg
Iyer did not get a chance to play a single match in the first half of IPL 2021 in India. But this all-rounder fully capitalized on the opportunities he got in the UAE. Iyer scored 320 runs in the UAE leg of the league at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 125. During this, Chennai Super Kings opener Rituraj Gaikwad (407) scored more runs than Iyer. At the same time, Venkatesh Iyer is the only player who has scored fifty in all three venues Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He also took 3 wickets. This shows how big this player’s contribution is in taking KKR to the final.