EXCLUSIVE: Best part about Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma is that the communication is absolutely clear: Venkatesh Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: ‘One step at a time’ – that’s the mantra Venkatesh Iyer needs to observe after his India debut.
Iyer was chosen for the three-match T20I collection towards New Zealand and scored 36 runs in 3 matches at a mean of 18.00 and took one wicket in the 3 overs he bowled in the third and last T20I of the collection.
The numbers have not been very spectacular, however there is little doubt that this gifted all-rounder has the assist and backing of his crew administration. Rohit Sharma has already talked about how Iyer is part of India’s future plans and how the position they’ve requested him to play is that of a decrease center order batsman, batting at numbers 5-6 or 7, due to his massive hitting skills.
After India blanked New Zealand 3-0, the new T20I captain Rohit Sharma got here ahead and handed over the successful trophy to debutants Iyer and Harshal Patel.

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“It was a memorable series for me. Wearing an India jersey was a dream and it came true. Winning the trophy in my debut series and that too by a clean sweep was a massive thing for me. I am really happy,” Iyer advised in an unique interview.
“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,” he mentioned.
Ahead of the first T20I at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Iyer was handed the debut cap by captain Rohit. Iyer managed simply 4 runs in his debut outing, however scored an unbeaten 12 in the second T20I to take India house and then smashed a 15-ball 20 in the third and final T20I in India’s 3-0 collection-clinching win.

Iyer additionally bowled for the first time in his profession in the third T20I and returned figures of 1-12 in 3 overs. His means to manage the move of runs drew reward from captain Rohit.
“Good to see Venkatesh Iyer bowling those overs with the skills he has. Important for us going forward. I would prefer that going forward,” Rohit had mentioned at the publish-match presentation.
“When I got my cap and then went to the middle, Rohit bhai said to go there and express myself and enjoy the moment. He backed me a lot and gave a lot of tips. Rohit bhai knows how to take the pressure off a player and his tips were really valuable for me,” Iyer additional advised

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“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 26 yr previous from Indore, who performed a giant position in the Kolkata Knight Riders turning their season round and reaching the last of IPL 2021 additional mentioned.
Going ahead it will likely be attention-grabbing to see if the Indian crew administration shapes Iyer as a floater, able to bat in whichever decrease center order place required in T20Is, relying on the match state of affairs. We have already seen a glimpse of that in the three match T20I collection towards the Black Caps. Iyer batted at quantity six in the first T20I, at three in the second T20I, and then once more at six in the third match when India batted first.
“It is always good to contribute in multiple departments. I am an all-rounder and I need to be ready in all three departments – batting, bowling as well as fielding. I don’t want to focus on the competition part. If I am picked, it’s my duty to perform. As a batsman, I need to be flexible to bat at any position. For this, I have prepared myself mentally. Be it opening the innings, No. 3. No 5, or lower down the order, send me, I will score runs. When you are representing your country, you need to play according to the team. You need to put the team first,” Iyer, who scored 370 runs in 10 matches, at a mean of 41.11 for KKR in IPL 2021 mentioned.
Sharing the dressing room with newly-appointed captain Rohit Sharma and the legendary Rahul Dravid has understandably been an enormous studying curve for Iyer.

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“Rahul (Dravid) sir is a legend of the game and has played a lot of cricket for India. He knows how to handle youngsters. I got a lot of backing from him as well. The best part with Rohit bhai and Rahul sir in the dressing room is that the communication was absolutely clear. Rahul sir and Rohit bhai keep the dressing room relaxed and keep motivating every player. Rahul sir gave me complete freedom to express myself. He had confidence in my abilities,” Iyer additional advised
Now that he has made his India debut and is part of the scheme of issues for the future, its crucial of course for Iyer to proceed to carry out in home cricket each time he is not on nationwide obligation, so that he is all the time on the radar of the selectors. And that’s precisely what he plans to do.
“The Vijay Hazare Trophy will be my next stop. I want to take it one step at a time. I want to remain focused. Whatever opportunity or challenge comes my way, I will grab those with both hands,” Iyer signed off.

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