Venkatesh Rajasekaran Iyer aka Venkatesh Iyer was born on 25 December, 1994. He is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his international debut for the India Cricket Team in November 2021
Once a CA aspirant, Iyer decided to sit out his finals in order to focus on cricket. “I decided to give up my CA and pursue an MBA in finance,” Iyer told ESPNCricinfo.
|Real Name||Venkatesh Iyer|
|Date of Birth||25 December 1994|
|Age (as in 2021)||27 years old|
|Birth Place||Indore, Madhya Pradesh|
|Home Town||Indore, Madhya Pradesh|
“I gave a lot of entrance exams, had decent scores, and enrolled into a good college. I was fortunate the faculty liked cricket, and they saw I was doing well, and gave me the cushion by taking care of my attendance, preparing notes and rescheduling exams.
“Honestly, I didn’t have to put in a lot of effort to manage both. I’m not bragging, I’ve always been a bright student, I can’t say the same about my cricket. That is the kind of confidence I have in my academics. Had there been no cricket, I would have landed in an IIT or IIM,” he added in the ESPNCricinfo interview.
Prompt Life of Venkatesh Iyer
He is a die hard fan of WWE superstar Seth Rollins . Before the start of IPL 2022 he appeared on WWE Sunday Dhamal and got a special video message wishing him “All the best for the upcoming IPL season” from his favourite WWE superstar.
Venkatesh Iyer made his Twenty20 debut against Railways cricket team at Holkar Stadium in March 2015 and made his List A debut against Saurashtra cricket team at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in December of the same year, while he was pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After passing the CA Intermediate examinations, he decided to drop out and enroll himself in a Master of Business Administration in finance to allow him to pursue cricket further.
Venkatesh Iyer made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy on 6 December 2018. Iyer finished as Madhya Pradesh’s top scorer in the 2021-22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 155 runs at an average of 51.66. He continued his form in the 2021-22 Vijay Hazare Trophy scoring 379 runs at an average of 63.16 with a strike rate of over 133, batting in the lower middle order. This included two centuries, one of which was a score of 151, which made him the first batsman to score a score of 150 or more whilst batting at number six or lower in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also took 9 wickets in six matches.
Indian Premier League (IPL): Venkatesh Iyer
In February 2021, Venkatesh Iyer was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League. On 20 September 2021, upon resumption of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, he made his IPL debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore. On 23 September 2021, he scored his maiden IPL fifty against Mumbai Indians.
Venkatesh Iyer emerged as a key player for KKR for the rest of the tournament, aiding in their run to the final, by scoring 370 runs at an average of 41 and a strike rate of 129. He was named as player of the match in the second qualifier, after scoring 55 runs and he followed this up with another half century in the final. Alongside his opening partner Shubman Gill, he put on an opening stand of 91, which proved to be in vain as KKR lost the match.
He was asked to stay back in UAE to be a net bowler in India’s 2021 ICC T20 World Cup squad. In November 2021, he was named in India’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against New Zealand. He made his T20I debut on 17 November 2021, for India against New Zealand. He made his international bowling debut in the final match of this series, returning figures of 3-0-12-1.
In December 2021, he was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against South Africa. He made his ODI debut on 19 January 2022, for India against South Africa.
In January 2022, Venkatesh Iyer was named in India’s T20I squad for their series against the West Indies, where he played all three matches, playing a finishing role in the lower middle order scoring his runs at a strike rate of 179.24. He also picked up two wickets in the series.