On Tuesday, BCCI announced a 17-member squad for the New Zealand T20I series, which included the likes of Venkatesh Iyer and Avesh Khan, both likely to make their debut for India.
Venkatesh Iyer was the revelation of IPL 2021 and broke into the KKR team with his power-hitting spree against the best bowlers in the world.
Felt nice to speak with Sourav Ganguly after IPL: Venkatesh Iyer
During the tournament, Iyer had revealed that he changed his batting stance to left-handed batter only because of his admiration for former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
Iyer said that Ganguly had asked him to focus on the process in order to improve his game.
“When I was very young, I used to bat right-handed by watching Dada, I wanted to copy him, do everything like him so I became a left-handed. Feels nice when people compare me with him,” Iyer told Sports Tak.
“Met Dada after the IPL final and it felt nice to speak to him. It was a very normal conversation. He said it is going well and told me to put more efforts and hard work into my game. Instead of thinking about the result, focus on the process. Do that and you will automatically see the results,” he added.
Looking forward to performing for my team: Venkatesh Iyer
Iyer scored 370 runs from 10 innings in the second phase of IPL 2021 at the strike rate of 128.41.
His fearless batting helped him score four half-centuries in the tournament and also pushed KKR in the IPL final.
Iyer said he will play according to the team’s requirement, be it with bat or bowl.
“I am an allrounder. So I will look forward to fitting in whatever role my team (India) would want from me. I am not thinking about the opposition at the moment. I am just looking forward to performing for my team,” Iyer told TimesofIndia.com.
“I have learnt to bat fearlessly. I always wanted to be a fearless batsman. I go out to bat with a lot of confidence. I am ready to bat at any position and bowl in any situation,” he added.
India will play against New Zealand in the first T20I on November 17 in Jaipur.