‘If I Have To Cement My Place In The 11, I Have To Be As Good As Him’, Venkatesh Iyer On His Future With Indian Cricket Team

The KKR all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer who has played for India for a specific time has now talked about his comparison with Hardik Pandya and his future with the senior team. In IPL 2021, Venkatesh Iyer impressed everyone with their all-rounder abilities and made it into Team India as the replacement for Hardik. However, he could not give a consistent performance and then he was dropped from the squad.

During the 2022-2023 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Iyer had 189 runs in just four games too with a strike rate of 161.53. However, ahead of the game against Mizoram, Iyer fell down and from the staircase in the hotel and then he was asked not to play the further games due as he broke his ankle.

Despite the setback caused by an accident, there is a good thing for Iyer as well. It has incorporated a sense of gratitude within Venkatesh Iyer. After this, he has started enjoying the smaller things in life and not thinking about the future so desperately.

While having an interview with a reliable sports platform, Venkatesh Iyer said that he is working hard on his bowling and trying to enhance his other crafts as well.

When asked about being replaced by Hardik Pandya in the team, the all-rounder came with a gentle answer and talked about his chances of making it into the senior team.

Venkatesh Iyer said, “In India, there is a problem of plenty. And then when you look at Hardik, he’s got the skills to be India’s top all-rounder. And if I have to cement my place in the 11, I have to be as good as him, which I’m nowhere close to at this point in time. This is the honest truth and I have to accept that. But I’ll be working towards it. And once I’m confident in my bowling, then I think I can contribute to all the departments. It’s just about my bowling which I’m really working hard on.”

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When asked if a player feels frustrated even after giving some solid performances, Iyer replied, “No, I don’t think so. That’s how it works, right? Specially in a World Cup year, where you need to get your best combination, I don’t see it as being dropped because someone else has come. See, everyone wants India to win and in order to make India win, they want to give the best possible combination. And if I don’t fit in the best combination, then what will I do being in the team? I don’t want to be in the team and just be there; I want to play and contribute. So yeah, I look at it that way. It gives me an opportunity to get better and give them more to pick me in the team.”

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