KKR chief mentor David Hussey heaped praise on Iyer and compared him to former New Zealand captain and current Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming.
All-rounder Venkatesh Iyer has been a promising find for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He has been spot-on from the start and stands up whenever his team needs him. Be it with the bat or the ball.
Iyer has played 9 matches in the tournament so far and scored 320 runs at an average of 40, including three half-centuries. He has also taken 3 wickets with the ball in hand. In the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals, he scored 55 off 41 balls as KKR won the game by 3 wickets to qualify for the final of IPL 2021.
After the match, the team’s chief mentor David Hussey praised Iyer and compared him to former New Zealand captain and current Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming.
“We have got a player in Venkatesh Iyer. He is not only a classy player but also an amazing person. He hit the ball brilliantly with the first ball. Some of those big sixes really changed the pace of the game and got us in a winning position,” said Hussey during the post-match presentation.
“Our openers complement each other very well. He is just one class player at the top. He’s tall, a Stephen Fleming clone, I believe. He has a big future in the game.”
Andre Russell has not been playing for KKR in the past few weeks but Hussey said that everyone is available for selection for the IPL 2021 final against CSK on Friday.
“I think Russell will be fine. We will have to discuss it with the medical staff first. He has been doing all the practices. He is definitely in the mix. Yes, of course he (Shakib Al Hasan) is available. He He’s a good player, he’s probably won us two matches. Everyone will be available for selection and it’s going to be a tough call for the head coach,” Hussey said.
(with agency input)
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