Venkatesh Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opening batsman and the newest addition in their starting lineup has impressed one and all with his hitting ability in the UAE leg in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, and he has now revealed that his style is inspired by none other than former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer played knocks of 74 and 53 respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Thursday. With this win, KKR has risen to the fourth spot in the points table while Mumbai Indians has slipped to the sixth position.
Venkatesh Iyer Wanted To Be In KKR Squad Since Sourav Ganguly Was The Skipper Initially In KKR During 2008-2010 In IPL
Venkatesh Iyer may have made millions of fans and followers across the globe with his entertaining style of batting in the last two matches — against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) — but the Indore-born 26-year-old is himself a huge fan of Sourav Ganguly and has modelled his game and technique on the lines of the former India skipper and the current BCCI President.
Picking up from where he had left off against RCB in his debut IPL game, where he had clobbered an unbeaten 41 off 27 deliveries to guide KKR to a nine-wicket win with 10 overs remaining, Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL half-century and guided his side to a 7-wicket victory against MI on Thursday evening.
“Honestly, KKR was the first franchise I wanted to get in because Sourav Ganguly was the captain initially so I wanted to get into KKR first. Got picked by the franchise so it was a dreamy moment for me. Everyone was very welcoming, I got a lot of gifts. I am a huge fan of Dada, he has got millions of fans around the globe and I am one of them. He has played a huge role in my batting,” Iyer told teammate Rahul Tripathi in a video posted on iplt20.com.
Sourav Ganguly started his IPL venture in 2008 with his home franchise KKR, captaining the side after his international retirement. However, KKR couldn’t taste success during Sourav Ganguly’s 3 years in the team and at the onset of 2011, the management decided to not retain him.
The current BCCI president played the rest of his IPL for Pune Warriors and then retired from the T20 league in 2012. KKR released Sourav Ganguly after three seasons as the team finished sixth, eighth, and sixth respectively in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Sourav Ganguly led the KKR team in 2008 and 2010.
Venkatesh Iyer Used To Bat Right Handed But Changed His Batting Stance For Sourav Ganguly Batted Left Handed
In a post-match show, Venkatesh Iyer said that he always had the desire to play for KKR only because Sourav Ganguly was its “captain initially”.
“I used to bat right-handed when I was very young but I wanted to exactly replicate Dada, how he hit sixes and the way he batted. He has played a very big role unknowingly in my life. I was really waiting for my opportunity and I knew I am going to get my chance,” he added.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock’s 55-run knock helped Mumbai Indians post 155/6 against KKR in the allotted twenty overs. For KKR, Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson scalped two wickets each. KKR will next lock horns against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday.
Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer played knocks of unbeaten 74 and 53 respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets. KKR is now fourth in the IPL 2021 table and is firmly in the race for a top-four finish.