Australia’s T20 expert Chris Lynn accepts Venkatesh Iyer’s absence from bowling in IPL 2022 ought not to be held against him. Notwithstanding, Lynn feels that the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have worked hard by holding him regardless of his absence of commitments with the bat.
Venkatesh Iyer has bowled just two overs in eight matches in the continuous season, contrasted with 8.3 in 2021, taking three wickets. Besides, he has likewise been unable to click with the bat up to this point, scoring just a single fifty of every eight innings, scoring 126 runs at an average of 18, and a strike rate of 102.43.
Positive Move From Kolkata To Retain Venkatesh Iyer: Chris Lynn
Talking on ESPNCricinfo’s Timeout, the Queensland-born player thought that Iyer bowling just two overs in IPL 2022 so far isn’t his issue. Nonetheless, he commended the Knight Riders for holding him. Lynn trusts the all-rounder necessities to reimburse the establishment’s confidence by rediscovering his magic.
“I think you can’t use that against him because, going back to the auction, they’ve done well, and obviously Andre Russell is bowling quite well as well, when he’s needed, so it’s not Venky’s fault there at all, but I think it’s a positive move from Kolkata to retain him.”
He further added:
“You look at other teams, there’s two world-class established players that’s probably had a similar season – it’s not rocket science to work out who those guys are – but I think it’s a great move from Kolkata and they’re investing in him long-term; the challenge is up to him now and the coaching staff to get him back up where he wants to be and needs to be, not only scoring runs for Kolkata but getting back in those Indian colours where he does belong, I believe.”
Try To Have Some Clarity When Walking Out To Bat: Chris Lynn’s Advice To Venkatesh Iyer
The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2021 and assumed a huge part in the Knight Riders’ recovery in the last part. He made 370 runs in 10 games at 41.11, striking at a good pace of 128.47, with four fifties.
Lynn expressed that Venkatesh Iyer needs to foster clearness in his ongoing interaction, whether it plays smoothly or forcefully. In particular, the 32-year-old accepts the all-rounder should bat time to acquire certainty. Lynn added:
“The challenge for him is to try and go back to the drawing board, build some confidence, whether that’s for Kolkata or for another team, but just try and have some clarity when he’s walking out to bat, and it might be putting away a big shot, it might be just getting off strike, it might be using his feet, whatever it may be, just finding a way to get down to the other end and bat time. He’s only scored one fifty so far, he’s just got to bat time, and that’s the only way you build confidence.”
Venkatesh Iyer’s form isn’t the main worry for KKR. They have been similarly inconsistent after a splendid beginning to their mission. They have lost five out of their eight games and will confront the Delhi Capitals on Thursday.