Virat Kohli and Venkatesh Iyer
Virat Kohli and Venkatesh Iyer. Image Credits: Twitter

Star Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer who recently earned his maiden T20I call-up for the series against New Zealand, has said that he will always remember the tips he got from Virat Kohli.

Venkatesh Iyer was a player to watch out for in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He played only 10 Indian Premier League games, scored 370 runs,  picked 3 wickets, and now he has got his international call-up.

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Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer
Shubman Gill (r) and Venkatesh Iyer. Credits: IPL

Speaking to timesofindia.com, Iyer talked about the important piece of advice he got from Kohli during a net session. He said:

During the nets sessions, I had interactions with most of the senior players. Virat bhai said just be focused on what you are doing. He also said you are doing good and keep performing and keep working hard. He asked me to keep focusing on my game. I will remember those tips from Virat bhai forever,”

I Am Really Excited To Play Under Rohit Bhai – Venkatesh Iyer

Venkatesh Iyer
(Image: Twitter)

After Virat Kohli decided to step down from his role, Rohit Sharma has been officially named as India’s new T20 Internationals skipper. Meanwhile, Iyer was filled with excitement to play under Rohit, and he feels that the team picked by selectors is very strong. He stated:

I am really excited to play under Rohit bhai. I am really looking forward to it. He is such a great player. The team looks really strong. I am sure we will perform well. It will be a huge learning experience as well and it will be exciting to play under Rohit bhai,” 

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer. (Photo: IPL)

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Iyer further added that Avesh Khan broke the news to him about getting picked for the New Zealand series and said he can’t describe in words how happy he was after getting selected for the series. He elaborated:

I am so happy. I worked really hard for it. Honestly, I didn’t expect this. Every time when I go in the middle, I just want to perform and put up as many runs as possible for my team.

“I am really thankful to the selectors, captain, and all my seniors and coaches for this. It is a dream of every cricketer to wear an India jersey someday and the day has come. I am so so happy. The words are not enough to describe the feeling. Avesh broke this big news to me,” 

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