Iyer is a part of the Central Zone team for the ongoing match against West Zone in Coimbatore. Talking about the game, West Zone were all out for just 257 after being asked to bat first.
Prithi Shaw and Rahul Tripathi scored fifties for West Zone while Kumar Kartikeya picked up 5 wickets for Central Zone. In reply to West Zone’s innings, Central Zone are off to a poor start and were reeling at 77 for 5 at the time of compiling this report.
Venkatesh Iyer retires hurt:
The second day of the match was marred by the ugly incident that took place in the second session of the day. According to journalist S Dipak Ragav, Chintan Gaja’s direct throw hit Venkatesh Iyer on his head and the latter had to retire hurt immediately. According to another report, the batsman was hit right below the helmet on his neck.
It all began when Venkatesh Iyer hit Gaja for a six. The left-handed batsman came down the track and hit Gaja for a six over long-off and the bowler was not very happy about it.
And while it is quite natural for a pacer to feel disappointed after being hit for a six in that manner, Gaja ended up expressing his disappointment in an unacceptable manner. On the very next delivery when Venkatesh Iyer defended a ball towards Gaja, he picked it up and threw the ball at the batsman.
The ball went on to hit Venkatesh Iyer on his head and floored him straightaway. Iyer could not continue his batting after the incident as he received treatment. In no time, the ambulance came out on the field too but the batsman managed to walk off the field by himself.
Poor stuff from chintan gaja. threw the ball back at venkatesh iyer and hit the batter straight on the head.
— S Dipak Ragav (@dipakragav) September 16, 2022
Unpleasant scene here. Venkatesh Iyer has been hit on the shoulder as Gaja throws the ball defended ball back at the batter. Venkatesh is down on the ground in pain and the ambulance arrives. #DuleepTrophy pic.twitter.com/TCvWbdgXFp
— Dhruva Prasad (@DhruvaPrasad9) September 16, 2022