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IPL 2021: “Want to tell the world that I can do roles as both batter and bowler” – Venkatesh Iyer

Venkatesh Iyer has impress all with his batting as well as bowling skills in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.

Venkatesh Iyer

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer has turned out to be a serious match-winner in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The southpaw began well as a flamboyant opening batter and now, he has produced decent performances with the ball as well. 

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Iyer has thus far smashed 126 runs in four matches at an average of 42. These runs have come at a healthy strike rate of almost 145. In the bowling department, he has picked two crucial wickets during the game against Delhi Capitals (DC). After that clash, the 26-year-old opened up on his performance as he mentioned that he looks forward to presenting his all-rounder skills to the world.

“I am an all-rounder and I want to tell the world that I can do roles as both batter and bowler. When skipper Eoin Morgan handed me the ball, I was just focusing on the first six balls. Obviously, I had the thought of bowling three or four overs, but initially, I just focused on bowling the six balls perfectly,” Venkatesh Iyer said to Nitish Rana in a video posted by IPL on Twitter

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“Never thought the game was slipping away from us” – Rana

Nitish Rana

During the chat, Rana stated that the batters thought of taking the game deep. He also talked about the mindset of Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine during the run-chase. 

“I knew Shubman Gill was there, he and I thought of taking the game deep. These conditions suit me, I never thought the game was slipping away from us. I did not panic at all. Sunil Narine came in and I told him that we are just two-three hits away from winning. He nodded and I knew he was in his zone. He took Kagiso Rabada on and I figured that he was in the zone and Narine was able to capitalize,” Rana said.

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Sachin Arora is a die-hard sports fan who commenced content writing while pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.