Kolkata Knight Riders’ Venkatesh Iyer May Be Suffering From 2nd Season Syndrome: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Credits: AFP)

Kolkata Knight Riders broke a five-match losing streak in IPL 2022 and returned to winning ways with a seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Monday. KKR once again went in with a changed Playing XI but this time, the move worked as both additions performed decently well. Anukul Roy replaced Venkatesh Iyer and returned 1/28 from four overs whereas Shivam Mavi bagged 1/33.

A hit last season, the KKR’s top order batter has struggled for runs this year and following his omission from the Playing XI, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels the 27-year-old may be suffering from the second-season syndrome.

Venkatesh Iyer© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer© Instagram

Venkatesh Iyer Hasn’t Contributed Much To IPL 2022, He May Be Suffering From 2nd Season Syndrome: Sunil Gavaskar

Weighing in on Kolkata Knight Riders’ constant chopping and changing and leaving out Venkatesh Iyer, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar mentioned how the India all-rounder could be facing second-season syndrome. Having burned up the charts last year, Venkatesh Iyer has struggled for runs this season, scoring just 132 runs from nine matches, a stark contrast to his numbers last year – 370 from 10 games.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Furthermore, Venkatesh Iyer has been under-bowled as well, bowling just three overs and going wicketless. Gavaskar feels the change was justified given Venkatesh Iyer’s flop show in IPL 2022.

“Because of the fact that they have not been winning, KKR have had to make a couple of changes. Venkatesh Iyer… I was talking about giving someone a long rope, he has played about… 9 or 10 games… but hasn’t done anything with either bat or ball.”

“It could be a second-season syndrome for him. And that’s the reason they decided to go in with Anukul Roy. We all know that he is a brilliant fielder. We have seen him coming in as a substitute after some bowler has bowled his four overs. As a fielder he is outstanding,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy, who were two of KKR’s four retained players, did not get a game on Monday. Captain Shreyas Iyer pointed out that the changes were made because they are trying to give as many matches as possible to the players, but it’s also important to get the right combinations.

Kolkata Knight Riders Ended 5 Match Losing Streak With A Win Against Rajasthan

Kolkata Knight Riders defeated in-form Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to snap their five-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League here on Monday. KKR first restricted RR to 152 for five after opting to bowl first and then chased down the target with five balls to spare to return to winning ways and heave a sigh of relief. Nitish Rana (48 not out) anchored the chase, while Rinku Singh smashed 42 off 23 to help KKR overwhelm the target with consummate ease.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Thankfully for the two-time IPL champs Kolkata Knight Riders, the combination worked, placing them seventh on the points table with 8 points and still in with a chance to qualify for the playoffs.

Rinku Singh came to bat after Trent Boult got the all-important wicket of KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer, who was batting on 34. RR skipper Sanju Samson used a DRS referral to good effect and helped Trent Boult dismiss Shreyas Iyer caught behind. From there on, Rinku Singh took charge and took the attack on the opposition bowlers. Rinku Singh also scored useful runs, chipping in with an unbeaten 42 off 23 balls to seal the tie with five balls to spare.

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