New Delhi. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar is very much influenced by Venkatesh Iyer. According to Gavaskar, ‘Iyer can be the all-rounder that India is looking for. Iyer has come to the fore at a time when the Indian team is battling with the all-rounder. Hardik Pandya’s injury has taught the team’s troubles. He is struggling to recover from his injury. In such a situation, Iyer can fill this shortcoming. In his Times of India column, Gavaskar praised KKR’s Venkatesh Iyer after being impressed by his all-rounder game.
The former Indian captain wrote that in Iyer, Kolkata has found a player who could be the all-rounder that Team India is looking for. Iyer does not bowl very fast, but he bowls accurate yorkers and does not allow the batsman to hit shots easily. As a batsman, his stance helps him to play the short ball better and he drives brilliantly off-side like other left-handed batsmen.
Iyer scored 2 fifties in IPL 2021
Iyer has batted brilliantly so far in IPL 2021. He has scored 193 runs in 5 matches played on slow pitches of UAE at a strike rate of over 142. During this, he has also scored 2 half-centuries. He scored 67 runs in the last match against Punjab Kings. Due to this innings of his, KKR was able to reach the score of 165 runs. He was given the last over in this match. However, he failed to win the team. Iyer has taken 3 wickets for 45 runs in 5 matches of this season of IPL at an economy rate of 8.53.
Iyer impressed with his all-rounder game
Venkatesh Iyer has impressed everyone with his batting in IPL 2021. While opening the innings for KKR, he has scored 2 half-centuries in 5 matches. He bowls medium pace and has bowled for KKR in the absence of Andre Russell. At this time, Team India is worried about Hardik Pandya’s injury and is looking for an all-rounder who can compensate for Hardik.
Hardik has not bowled in this IPL. At the same time, his form with the bat has not been anything special. He has scored only 95 runs in 9 matches. In such a situation, Iyer has all those qualities that he can replace Hardik.