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IPL 2021: KKR’s Venkatesh Lyer hit maiden IPL fifty against MI, Venkatesh Iyer explains how Sourav Ganguly ‘played a huge role’

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IPL 2021: KKR's Venkatesh Lyer hit maiden IPL fifty against MI, Venkatesh Iyer explains how Sourav Ganguly ‘played a huge role’

Iyer remained unbeaten on 41 off 27 deliveries in the low run-chase against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and followed it with a 30-ball 53 against Mumbai Indians (MI).

After playing a match-winning knock (41 not out off 27 balls) against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, the youngster notched up his maiden IPL fifty batting against Mumbai Indians on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.

It seems the batting tips from Virat Kohli did work for Iyer. The batsman, in both of his innings since resumption, showed that he isn’t only a slogger but knows how to take calculated risks. The Madhya Pradesh batter has shown positive temparament so far.

Kolkata was off to a flier in the 156 run-chase against KKR, with Venkatesh Iyer smacking Trent Boult for a six-over deep square leg.

He then smacked Adam Milne for a six followed by two fours in the second over. With seven boundaries hit in less than three overs, Kolkata were on a rampage, making chances of comeback difficult for Mumbai.

After the comprehensive win, both Iyer and Rahul had a conversation in which the former revealed that his style is inspired by none other than former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.

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“Honestly, KKR was the first franchise I wanted to get in because Sourav Ganguly was the captain initially so I wanted to get into KKR first. Got picked by the franchise so it was a dreamy moment for me. Everyone was very welcoming, I got a lot of gifts. I am a huge fan of Dada, he has got millions of fans around the globe and I am one of them. He has played a huge role in my batting, indirectly,” Iyer told teammate Rahul Tripathi in a video posted on iplt20.com.

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“I used to bat right-handed when I was very young but I wanted to exactly replicate Dada, how he hit sixes and the way he batted. He has played a very big role unknowingly in my life. I was really waiting for my opportunity and I knew I am going to get my chance,” he added.

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