Indian youngster Venkatesh Iyer opened up on newly appointed India’s T20I skipper Rohit Sharma and how his influence and motivation during the recently-concluded T20I series against New Zealand. India registered a comprehensive victory by 3-0 as Rohit passed his full-time captaincy test with flying colours.
Venkatesh Iyer made his international debut during the first T20I in Jaipur and scored a vital boundary on the first ball he faced to help India chase the target. Iyer picked up a wicket as well during the third T20I game in Kolkata and showcased his batting talent as well.
After the series win, Rohit Sharma handed the trophy to Venkatesh Iyer and told him “well done”, revealed by Iyer himself.
“During the victory and trophy celebration, Rohit bhai came and gave the trophy to me and said well done. Holding the winning trophy was an emotional and proud moment for me. I got a lot of support from my seniors, my captain Rohit bhai and coach Rahul sir. It was a special feeling for me when my captain Rohit bhai gave me the trophy and gave a lot of credit to me. He said you have done a good job, keep it up,” revealed Iyer in a chat with TOI.
Iyer was slotted in the middle-order despite him being a top-order batter. He accepted the task gleefully and tried to do his best. However, the questions still raised on the fragility of India’s middle-order.
When asked about where he would want to bat for India, Iyer replied, “Whatever challenge comes my way, I will accept it. As a cricketer, I should be ready for everything. If my captain asks me to bowl, I will bowl as many overs needed and pick wickets. If my captain asks me to bat, I will go to the middle and score as many runs for my team as possible.”
The focus will move to Test cricket after the conclusion of a marathon of T20I cricket in the last few months. The first Test of the two-match series will take place in Kanpur from November 25.