MI vs KKR, IPL 2023: In the 22nd match played between the team of Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede ground, KKR’s team may not have won but its middle-order batsman Venkatesh Iyer scored a century to take the team to a respectable score. delivered.
MI vs KKR, IPL 2023: In the 22nd match played between the team of Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede ground, KKR’s team may not have won but its middle-order batsman Venkatesh Iyer scored a century to take the team to a respectable score. delivered. With this century, Iyer became the first Indian and only the second player overall to score a century in IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.
It is noteworthy that this Kolkata Knight Riders batsman was out for a long time due to injury but Venkatesh Iyer has made a comeback in the current season of IPL after recovering from rehab in NCA. After returning, he was slowly seen gaining rhythm and the 104-run innings played against Mumbai Indians proved to be historic.
Ankle injury due to fall from ladder
The 28-year-old from Indore was in good form during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in October last year. His ankle was seriously injured due to slipping from the ladder. He had to undergo surgery and then spent several months at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to regain his full fitness.
Venkatesh Iyer is happy to be back
Venkatesh Iyer has given the credit of his century innings played at Wankhede ground to the assistant coach of the team, Abhishek Nair. After the match, he revealed how Nair played an important role in his comeback.
Iyer said after the match, ‘IPL is a tournament for me to return to the game. Six months ago my left ankle was fractured. I am lucky that I am under a system where BCCI takes care of me. Everything was taken care of and I was at NCA for four to five months. All the doctors and trainers were supporting me very well. He helped me to come out of this place. The doctors told me that I would not be able to run as fast as I normally do. I will be disappointed but I am happy that I am back on the field doing what I love the most and contributing to the team.
Iyer gave him the credit for the century instead of Chandrakant
Iyer scored 104 runs in 51 balls with the help of nine sixes and six fours, but his inning proved insufficient to win the team against Mumbai Indians.
He said, “I would like to take one name and that is Abhishek Nair. He has worked day and night on my batting. He has not only worked on my batting but also on my approach towards the game. I give the credit of this century to him.
Said a big thing about Chandrakant Pandit too
He said, “As far as Chandu sir (head coach Chandrakant Pandit) is concerned, I have been working with him for three years and I am happy that his strategy is now at the international level.”