Cricket News: Ricky Ponting says “Who is this kid? He’s not playing!?”

Cricket News: Ricky Ponting recalled the first time he saw Venkatesh Iyer, who he described as “genuine talent.” In addition, bat for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL nets. Ponting’s initial reaction was that he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He questioned Brendon McCullum, “Who is this kid?” On why the all-rounder was left out of the starting lineup. Iyer didn’t play in the first half of IPL 2021. He was asked to open the batting in the second half. When KKR needed to win most of their UAE games to qualify. His 370 runs from 10 matches at the top of the order took the franchise to its third final. Also, etching is one of the most memorable comebacks in the IPL ever.

“Venkatesh Iyer opened for Kolkata at the back half of the season – he’s a real talent. He didn’t play the first half and ended up bowling some overs as well. He’s an all-rounder. I spoke to Brendon McCullum actually in the first part of the tournament. I saw him batting in the nets with us (Delhi Capitals) one day and I said to Brendon “Who is this kid? He’s not playing?’ He said ‘No, can’t get him in at the moment’ and whatever else,” Ricky Ponting said.

Ricky Ponting went on to say that KKR took a risky strategy. Brendon McCullum’s ideology was reflected at the top of the UAE leg of the IPL 2021.

Cricket News: Ricky Ponting says "Who is this kid? He's not playing!?"

Ricky Ponting

Cricket News, “And then the rejig after the break, they came back with almost a completely different theory of how they want to play and it was a bit more Brendon’s way of going really hard at the top. So they got this kid at the top and he was very good,” Ponting said.

Lastly, Kolkata Knight Riders failed to breach the last hurdle. They were on their way to their third IPL title. Also, lost to Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs in the final. Venkatesh Iyer did his job in that match as well, scoring a momentum-infusing 32-ball 50.

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