The aspiring Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer sows the seed despite his comparison with the experienced Hardik Pandya. Iyer mentioned that he is a “huge” admirer of Hardik, and that comparison did not treat him like a cricketer.
Iyer won titles in a stellar campaign for his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise last season in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 10 watched, South Paw recorded 370 runs with an impressive average of 41.11 and a strike rate of 128.47, with four-half centuries. He also scored three wickets in four innings.
As a result, Iyer was drafted into the National side, where he debuted in his T20I series debut against New Zealand in November 2021. So far, the Indore-born cricket player has played nine T20I games, where he scored 133 runs with a brilliant strike rate of 162.2 and also scored five wickets.
In particular, Team India is focusing on the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 , which will be played in Australia later this year. Both Iyer and Hardik are strong candidates for completing for filling up all-rounder’s spot.
“As a cricketer, I have huge respect for Hardik Bhai for what he has done for India. That’s unbelievable. I’m a big fan of Hardik bhai. These comparisons are very natural, but I don’t pay attention to them, “Iyer told the Times of India.
Not to mention that, after Iyer’s recent all-round heroic deeds, Indian Captain Rohit Sharma praised and said he he wants to groom the southpaw for No. 6 position. When Iyer asked what he thought of it, Iyer said he was very flexible and ready to bat at any position.
“Yes, perfect. I am ready for any position and situation. As a professional cricketer, I have always insisted on being very flexible. We must understand that we will join a team where there is cut-throat competition, and for every role and for every player, “added Iyer.