Venkatesh Iyer says “Couldn’t control my emotions and hugged him” in IPL 2021. Venkatesh Iyer of Kolkata Knight Riders has admitted. He couldn’t control his emotions after Rahul Tripathi hit a six to put the team in the Indian Premier League 2021 final. Moreover, to chasing 136 in Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals and KKR was cruising at 123 for 1. However, a shocking batting collapse saw them floundering to 130 for 7. Also, with six needed off two balls, Tripathi lofted Ravichandran Ashwin for a maximum to take KKR over the winning line. Iyer was among those running in and hugging Tripathi.
“Fifty celebrations, I don’t celebrate a lot. My ways are different and there was a task in hand to score more runs and get the team through. So it is just a thumbs up and gets back to work again. But I really celebrated when Tripathi hit that six because we desperately needed that big hit. I couldn’t control my emotions and run through in with my chappals and just hugged him,” David Hussey said.
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Before Knight Riders’ collapse, Iyer (55) and Shubman Gill (46) laid the perfect platform for the team. Also, featuring in an opening stand of 96. On his thought process while going on to bat.
“I was not chasing 136, I just went out there and wanted to bat. I wanted to play six overs and then see what the situation was. That thought brought the best and hopefully, I keep going,” Iyer revealed.
Lastly, this will be led by Iyer at the top, KKR engineered a stunning turnaround in the IPL 2021 in the UAE to reach the final. Reflecting on the franchise’s change in fortunes.
“First half didn’t feature my opening. Not just me but the brand of cricket that the entire KKR is playing, not just cricketers but the entire management, the way we are thinking, that is actually the turnaround. The approach and intent that we are showing, both on and off the field, is what has brought us here,” Iyer observed.