I thought I could play World Cup, but I was not there…that really hurt me: Iyer


Venkatesh said, coach Rahul Dravid had assigned the role of finisher
The all-rounder said, wanted to bowl, but did not get a chance

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New Delhi. Venkatesh Iyer made his place in the Indian team after performing brilliantly for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021 (IPL 2021). However, he was dropped from the team after playing 9 T20s and 2 ODIs for the country. Venkatesh said in an exclusive interview to Cricket Next that when I was called in the Indian cricket team, I felt that I could play in the T20 World Cup, but I was not there. This made me very sad. Venkatesh, who is suffering from an ankle injury, said, which player does not want to stay with the Indian team for a long time? However, things became clear in my mind when Hardik bhai came back. Every team wants to choose the best team for the World Cup. I wanted to be there, but it is not in my hands.

He said that I have always seen cricket as an opportunity. If I am not playing with the Indian team, this is an opportunity for me to play in the IPL or represent my state in domestic competitions. My job is just to get my process right and not worry about selection. I could have been in the team for T20s and ODIs, but unfortunately I got injured. I will make sure that when I get a chance to play, I give my best and don’t worry about anything else.

Strong performance in Mushtaq Ali Trophy
After not getting a place in Team India, Venkatesh returned to his home ground for Madhya Pradesh. The 27-year-old all-rounder made a blistering debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring 62 and taking 6/20 in the very first match against Rajasthan. After this, he scored 57, 42 and 28 in the next three matches. However, after this he got injured and was ruled out of the entire tournament.

Opening was difficult in the beginning
Venkatesh said that I have batted in the middle order almost all my life. The middle order is a place where I feel at home. However, when you mentally accept that you are going to open or play the finisher, the body simply reacts to that.

The coach had asked him to play the role of a finisher
Venkatesh said that when I joined Team India, I saw that there were already 3 openers. Rohit Bhai, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan. That’s why I knew that I am not going to open. After that when I met coach sir (Rahul Dravid), he told me that I will play the role of a finisher. Rohit bhai and Rahul sir said that I will be given many matches to play that role. Once you have the support of the captain and coach, the job becomes even easier.

wanted to bowl but didn’t get a chance
On the question of bowling only 4 in 9 T20 matches and not completing his quota in that too, Venkatesh said that when 5 bowlers are doing their work, it is not necessary to use the sixth bowling option. Rohit Bhai also did the same. If you ask me, I would like to bat 20 overs and bowl my 4 overs in the match but, it is not really possible.

ready for both opener and finisher role
On whether Venkatesh Iyer is mentally and technically ready to play the role of finisher and opener for the country and the IPL team, the all-rounder said, “As a professional cricketer you always have to be flexible. I always look at pressure and such situations as opportunities. I have always accepted that I can be placed at the top or bottom of the order at any time. In the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, I batted at three different positions, one at No.3, one at No.4 and one at No.5.

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I will return to the field soon
Venkatesh is in rehab after ankle surgery. He told that I have slowly started walking again and am hopeful of getting back on the field by January-February. On the question of joining Chandrakant Pandit with KKR, Venkatesh said that Chandu sir is our domestic coach, he has worked on all aspects of our game. From fielding to batting technique. I am extremely glad that a player like him, who has dominated domestic cricket for so long, is finally getting a chance to showcase his skills at the IPL level.

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