On Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a dominating win over Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 9 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the 31st match in Abu Dhabi. After the likes of Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell helped KKR to bundle out RCB for a meager score of 92, debutant batsman Venkatesh Iyer stole the show with his fearless batting in the second innings.
The Indore cricketer played an unbeaten 41 off 27 balls in his debut game for the KKR. His innings were laced with 7 boundaries and a maximum. Moreover, Venkatesh has smashed consecutive boundaries to Yuzvendra Chahal on the last two balls of the 10th over to finish KKR’s chase in style, with 10 overs to spare.
After the conclusion of the game, the 26-year-old was seen getting some valuable batting tips from RCB skipper, Virat Kohli. KKR had shared the video of the interaction was shared by KKR on their official Instagram handle. Captioning the video, KKR wrote: “Dream debut + Learning from the best. What a night it’s been for @venkatesh.iyer2512!”
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KKR skipper Eoin Morgan was seen praising the opening batsman for playing an impressive knock on his debut.
Eoin Morgan had said, “Venkatesh Iyer, the way he came in and played was outstanding. Certainly, the brand of cricket we want to play. Playing under head coach Brendon McCullum, this is the aggressive nature of cricket we want to play. Although he was aggressive, he managed to control his innings. His opening partnership with Shubman Gill was beautiful to watch.”
With this 9-wicket win, KKR has jumped to the fifth position in the points table while RCB is still standing at third place. Eoin Morgan & his men will next lock horns against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.