Kolkata Knight Riders kickstarted phase 2 of the IPL 2021 with a brilliant note by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets. Before the match started KKR decided to give an opportunity to Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer by adding him to the squad for the match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Venkatesh Iyer played a superb inning and fulfilled the expectations of the team management, who showed faith in him. He walked out to open the innings against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and played a terrific knock of 41 runs off 27 balls in his debut match to help KKR register a stunning win.
Iyer was well supported by Shubman Gill, who played a stunning knock of 48 runs. With this victory, KKR has registered their third win of the season and has jumped to number 5 in the points table.
KKR via their official Twitter handle shared a video clip of Virat Kohli in a conversation with Venkatesh after the game. The talismanic run-scorer was seen sharing some batting tips with Iyer, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket. Sharing the video, KKR wrote:
“Dream debut + Learning from the best ?
What a night it’s been for Venkatesh Iyer! ??”
Here, watch the video:
Dream debut + Learning from the best ?
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 20, 2021
Meanwhile, RCB suffered their third defeat of IPL 2021, however, they are still sitting at number 3 at the points table. RCB will be next seen locking horns with MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings on Friday.