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Brendon McCullum is in awe of all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer
Brendon McCullum is in awe of all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer | Courtesy: @KKRiders  |  Photo Credit: Twitter

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  • Venkatesh Iyer was the star of the match against PBKS for KKR, scoring a 55-ball 67
  • Iyer also took a wicket in the match and nearly pulled off a spectacular catch on the boundary rope
  • KKR head coach Brendon McCullum has hailed Iyer as a 'genuine all-rounder' and compared him to Ben Stokes

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) might not be certain of their qualification into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playoffs but they are sure to have found a genuine all-rounder in the form of Venkatesh Iyer. In the second leg of the campaign, Iyer has been the biggest find for KKR and the match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Friday was another proof of the same.,betdaq cricket mobile

live serie a,Iyer top-scored for the Knight Riders, scoring 67 runs off 55 balls while also claiming the big wicket of KL Rahul. Though KKR didn't go on on to win the match against PBKS, head coach Brendon McCullum saw plenty of positives from the game.

Speaking of Iyer, who has impressed many with his all-round abilities, the former New Zealand captain didn't shy away from putting the all-rounder's tag on the KKR opener. Not just that, seeing Iyer's agility in the field, McCullum also compared him with England superstar Ben Stokes.,cricket wapin

"In my view, he's definitely an all-rounder! When we talk about Venkatesh Iyer it's not just his cricketing ability, it's his mindset and cricketing brain and also the fact that he's got other things going on in his life which means that cricket is not necessarily everything to him," he said in the post-match press conference.,dafabet app apk

oliver marach,"He has a great perspective on the sport. He is a guy with huge ambitions and a really bright future, not just a batsman but as a genuine all-rounder. The catch he almost pulled off tonight was reminiscent on another great all-rounder who is not playing the game but has been dominant - Ben Stokes. So I think he's one of those cricketerss who's going to continue to be better and better. "

Iyer's blitzkrieg has convinced McCullum of his abilities, especially in the shortest format of the game. The Kiwi coach feels the Indian rookie can really go on to become a dominant player in the T20 circuit.,betway sign in bonus

handball usha,"I don't think he's going to be a consistent player for a little while when it comes to batting just because of his walk to hit the ball which I clearly encourage (chuckles). But you know, I think what he's done for us already has shown that he belongs at this level and is going to be dominant in the form of the game if he continues to approach it in the same manner as he has so far."

party time gif,McCullum was also asked about the form of KKR skipper Eoin Morgan who has not produced a single noteworthy performance in the UAE leg of the campaign. While there's no denying that Morgan has struggled as a batsman, McCullum is content with the captaincy the Englishman has shown.

"Look, obviously, he's one of our senior players, one of our international batsmen and captain as well. I know he would have loved to contribute a lot more runs to our cause so far. I actually think he's captaining the side really, really well, tactically. But look, you want some more runs from him, there's no doubt about that. You need runs from your overseas players particularly in those key spots as well but I am confident that he'll come up," McCullum asserted.,faisal guru betting tips

defabet,As for the remainder of the campaign, KKR sit 4th in the points table with 7 wins from 12 matches. They need to win both of the remaining two league matches in order to remain in contention for a top-four finish.

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