KKR top gun Venkatesh Iyer says his “handling of the workload has been good so far”
Indian cricketers are probably excited at the prospect of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lead man Venkatesh Iyer taking the pitch for the Men in Blue.
Iyer, who is billed as Hardik Pandya’s replacement, knows full well that he needs to stay focused on both sides of the game (drums and bowling) to stay on the selectors’ radar.
The 26-year-old was rewarded with a first call-up for the T20I home series against New Zealand from November 17 and knows that in the future, workload management would be an area of focus. important to him.
“My workload management has been good so far. I’m a versatile player, so I have to be focused on both aspects of the game as well. That’s what I’ve been doing since my days in my group. ‘age. This is not yet the case. been a very big problem, “said the man from KKR PTI in an interaction.
Focus on multiple skills
For Iyer, the effort is to display multiple skills across formats.
“I have always worked hard on my red ball game and it was my conscious effort not to be one dimensional. If you are to play for India you have to be consistent in all formats and that is why I am playing for India. worked a lot in both departments of the game. As much as I worked on my stick, I also worked on my bowling, ”said Iyer, who, like Harbhajan Singh, thinks he can shock hitters with a rhythm additional.
His 370 runs in the IPL for KKR, along with a consistent average pace that earned him three wickets, brought him into the national calculation. Iyer, who has six half centuries and seven wickets for Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, believes it is his consistency, not only in IPL but also in first-class cricket, that has helped him get this far.
Has he ever felt he could do it?
“I have to say that it was not only the IPL that gave me the belief that I could represent my country. When I played Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali for my state Madhya Pradesh, I always knew that if I continued with good performances in national cricket, I would one day play for India, ”he said.
Having lived in Indore, it was local coach Dinesh Sharma, who first harnessed his talent as he made rapid progress while climbing the cricket ranks of the age bracket, as captain of the state under-23 team.
When he hit the base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the KKR team in the last week of August, he never imagined he would make such progress in a matter of months.
Two and a half months later, he was sitting in his Delhi hotel room with his Madhya Pradesh teammates when his compatriot Avesh Khan broke the news to him.
“We had a game (vs Kerala) and it was Avesh who came to my room and informed me that we were both selected. Obviously there could not have been a better feeling.” , revealed Iyer seated with his teammates.
He was honest in his admission that while he was working on his dream, he didn’t think it would come true so soon.
“No, I never felt that life was going to take such a beautiful turn. I’m not expecting anything but I believe in taking things as they come. Yes, I am very happy and excited because it is the dream you live for but frankly, I didn’t expect it to happen so soon, ”Iyer said.
From Deloitte to Men in Blue
The least known aspect of Iyer is that he once received a job offer at multinational auditing firm Deloitte, but decided to pursue cricket with encouragement from his parents.
Holder of an MBA in finance, he has passed the basic and inter-level examinations of chartered accountancy. Iyer attributes his intelligence to cricket to the fact that he is a diligent student.
“(Being good at) academics helps your thinking and decision-making ability. It maybe gives you an edge over others. Being a good student is something that came naturally to me. It gives me a bit. more than others, “said the gangly man from Indore, who may well be Rohit Sharma’s deadly weapon.
(With PTI inputs)