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IND vs SA 1st ODI: Venkatesh Iyer makes his ODI debut for India

Iyer had made his maiden appearance for Indian in the T20I format during New Zealand's tour to India in November last year.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 19, 2022 16:07 IST
Venkatesh Iyer poses with his ODI cap as he makes his 50-over game debut during IND vs SA 1st ODI
Image Source : TWITTER BCCI

Venkatesh Iyer poses with his ODI cap as he makes his 50-over game debut during India vs South Africa 1st ODI at Boland Park, Paarl 

Highlights

  • Venkatesh Iyer was given ODI cap number 242 during his debut in the 50-over format game.
  • Venkatesh Iyer will be nurtured as an all-rounder in place of Hardik Pandya.
  • He will walk down to bat at number six spot.

The batting all-rounder from Madhya Pradesh, Venkatesh Iyer has made his One-Day International (ODI) debut for the men in blue as India take on South Africa in the first ODI at Boland Park, Paarl. Iyer had made his maiden appearance for Indian in the T20I format during New Zealand's tour to India in November last year. 

Iyer has been given the number six spot in the playing eleven and the team looks to nurture this all-rounder as a replacement to Hardik Pandya. Iyer can render services as a right arm medium-pacer with the ball. 

The left-handed batter made the headlines during the second leg of IPL 2021 in the UAE. Iyer literally changed the fortunes for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who came from behind to return as the runner-ups in the 14th edition of the tournament. 

Iyer opened the innings for the purple brigade and astonished everyone with his skills with the willow. In the 10 matches he played for KKR, he managed an average of 41.11. 

Soon after his IPL stint, he was given a chance in India's T20I where debut in the shortest format of the series against New Zealand.