"Showed A Lot Of Character": Irfan Pathan, Matthew Hayden Praise KKR's Venkatesh Iyer For Batting Display vs Mumbai Indians
Former cricketers Irfan Pathan and Matthew Hayden hailed the temperament shown by Kolkata Knight Riders opener Venkatesh Iyer in the team's win over defending champions Mumbai Indians.
- Former cricketers hailed temperament shown by KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer
- Iyer scored his 2nd successive 50 of the 2nd phase of IPL 2021
- KKR notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win vs MI
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Venkatesh Iyer continued from where he left off in the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as he raced to his maiden IPL fifty during the ongoing second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He registered a score of 53 runs off only 30 balls against a strong Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling line-up, something which garnered praise from former cricketers like Irfan Pathan and Matthew Hayden. Speaking on Star Sports' post-match show, Irfan stressed on the fact that Iyer didn't sit on his laurels against RCB and played with the same mindset and turned up again against Jasprit Bumrah and company.
"First match, he showed a lot of character. He showed some of the shots as well, cover drive and all. But there is always this question in your mind as a young player, what is going to happen in the next match. Who is going to turn up? Is it the same guy who is going to turn up?," he said.
Irfan also lauded the character shown by Iyer while tackling world-class pacers Bumrah and Trent Boult.
"He did, he actually turned up better, especially against Bumrah, against Boult. Against the Mumbai Indians bowling line-up, he showed a lot of character. There is a lot more we are going to see of Venkatesh Iyer in the future," he explained.
Iyer also impressed former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.
"He got permission from his mother to play cricket. Wonderful stuff because lets face it fellas, we are all mummy's boys at some point," Hayden said.
KKR notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win as they chased down the target of 156 with 29 balls left.
KKR next face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on September 26.