With two wins in seven games, the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was going nowhere for the Kolkata Knight Riders. COVID-19 entered the bubble, the tournament was suspended for over four months and Brendon McCullum and co came back with a goal, hunger and fearlessness that hurts some teams.
KKR shot the 93-point target in their opener of the second half against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) inside 10 overs led by Shubman Gill’s 48-point shot, but a change in the combination opening, bringing in Venkatesh Iyer, the left- handed the Madhya Pradesh batsman, who played his coach McCullum, who in his day destroyed bowling attacks from the start.
Iyer played a 41-point unbeaten shot with just 27 balls against RCB and made everyone sit down and take note. However, three days later, Iyer knocked everyone’s jaw off with sensational strikes with confidence and fearless demeanor.
Iyer took on the famous Mumbai Indians bowling attack starring Trent Boult, Adam Milne and Jasprit Bumrah and dispatched them. He was playing with their bowling alley as he raised his 50s with just 24 balls after being over 30 * with just 13 balls.
Chasing a 156-point goal, the Kolkata Knight Riders finished the game inside the power play by crushing 63 points in the first six overs.
Fans couldn’t help but congratulate Iyer, as many saw undertones of “Boss of the Universe” Chris Gayle in him, while most of them asked where KKR was hiding him during all this. time.
Here are some of the reactions:
Gayle vibrates from Iyer. # IPL2021
– Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) September 23, 2021
Iyer is too much of an intention machine for a guy playing his 2nd game (against the best rhythm bowling attack) and is an opener. I love it I love it.
– Manya (@ CSKian716) September 23, 2021
KKR sent Narine for that, Iyer did it all the more. #IPL
– Stupid point (@FarziCricketer) September 23, 2021
You must love franchise cricket. This is where the hidden gems emerge. Iyer has hired quality international bowlers in Boult and Milne.
– Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2021
Where was KKR hiding this guy? #MIvKKR
– Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) September 23, 2021
Venkatesh Iyer looked CLASSIC! Has the power and also the timing. MI should put Bumrah on the attack soon.
– Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 23, 2021
– Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) September 23, 2021
– Vishesh Roy (@ vroy38) September 23, 2021
The temptation is always to pretend that an exciting new player has been on your radar for ages, that you methodically chart their progress over the past decade. But – I had never heard of Venkatesh Iyer before this year and now I’m weakly in love
– Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) September 23, 2021
Venkatesh Iyer was a CA. Chun-Chun ke hisaab lene mein degree ki hai bhaisaab usne
– Kanav Bali (@Concussion__Sub) September 23, 2021