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Harshal Patel with Rohit Sharma and Venkatesh Iyer. Credits BCCI

Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer thanked Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid in his debut T20I series in international cricket. Iyer made his debut against New Zealand in the first T20I and played all three games for India, registering the scores of 4, 12* and 20 while batting in the middle-order.

Venkatesh Iyer made Adam Milne as his first international wicket

He wasn’t used for bowling in the first two matches but did bowl in the final match and dismissed Adam Milne to claim his first wicket in international cricket.

IND vs NZ 2021: Watch – Venkatesh Iyer Receives His Debut Cap From Rohit Sharma
IND vs NZ 2021: Watch – Venkatesh Iyer Receives His Debut Cap From Rohit Sharma

India whitewashed the Black Caps 3-0 in the T20I series after losing to them in the Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

It was a special feeling when Rohit Sharma handed me the trophy: Venkatesh Iyer

Iyer said that he was given the opportunity to hold the trophy by Rohit Sharma, who was the captain of the three-match T20Is. 

Iyer also thanked Rohit and newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid for supporting him in the series.

“During the victory and trophy celebration, Rohit bhai came and gave the trophy to me and said well done. Holding the winning trophy was an emotional and proud moment for me. I got a lot of support from my seniors, my captain Rohit bhai and coach Rahul, sir.

“It was a special feeling for me when my captain Rohit bhai gave me the trophy and gave a lot of credit to me. He said you have done a good job; keep it up,” Iyer told TimesofIndia.com.

India, Venkatesh Iyer
India defeat New Zealand by 3-0. Image-Twitter

“When I got my cap and then went to the middle, Rohit bhai said to go there and express myself and enjoy the moment. He backed me a lot and gave a lot of tips. Rohit bhai knows how to take the pressure off a player, and his tips were really valuable for me,” he added.

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.

Iyer scored 370 runs from 10 innings in the second phase of IPL 2021 at the strike rate of 128.41.

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