Gautam Gambhir has made a significant statement regarding Venkatesh Iyer’s ODI prospects

The inability of Team India to locate a fast-bowling all-rounder has long been a source of discussion among analysts and fans. Hardik Pandya, India’s top all-rounder, had handled these responsibilities admirably, but his persistent absence from action due to injury has left India in a precarious position.

  • Gambhir slams selectors

Hardik tried several times to return to India with the ball in 2021, but his poor performances led India to reconsider its strategy. Venkatesh, who starred for Madhya Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, drew the attention of Indian selectors. He was, however, benched after only two ODIs. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has criticised the Indian selectors for selecting Venkatesh in one-day internationals.

“I believe he should only be considered for T20 cricket. Because he hasn’t yet reached that level of maturity. “After only watching him play in 7-8 IPL matches, he’s been given an opportunity to play at the international level,” Gambhir told Star Sports.

“If you go by IPL performances, then play him in T20 cricket,” Gautam continued. The One-Day International (ODI) is a whole distinct beast.”

Venkatesh Iyer scored 379 runs and took 9 wickets for Madhya Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. However, Gambhir believes that Iyer should be relegated to the middle order by Kolkata Knight Riders.

“Iyer used to open in the IPL, but now he bats in the middle order. Send him back. Tell his IPL franchise to play him in the middle order if you’re considering him for ODI cricket. But I believe he should be restricted to T20s, and even then, just as an opener if he plays in the IPL.”

  • Venkatesh to play T20I series against West Indies

Despite the fact that Venkatesh has been picked in the team for the T20I series against the Caribbean men, questions have been raised over the BCCI’s plans for the all-involvement rounder’s in the 50-over format.

The selectors are still undecided about Hardik Pandya’s fitness, which is why Venkatesh Iyer has been retained in the squad. They spoke with Hardik before announcing the squads and were still not convinced. The management instructed him to improve his fitness and demonstrate that he is capable of bowling and batting for India.

Venkatesh Iyer will allegedly be groomed in the T20I format in Hardik’s absence. Despite being omitted from the ODI squad following a lacklustre tour of South Africa, Iyer remains the best option for a pace-bowling all-rounder till Hardik shows his fitness.

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star will have another chance to confirm his credentials and demonstrate why he deserves to play for the national side in the shortest format in the T20I series against West Indies.

Venkatesh was included in the team as an all-rounder at the same time, but he did not get enough bowling time. Despite coming out to bat in two matches, he was unable to make an impression.

In the first ODI, Venkatesh Iyer did not bowl. In terms of batting, he scored two runs in seven balls. He scored 22 runs in 33 balls in the second One-Day International. Simultaneously, he conceded 28 runs in 5 overs without taking a wicket. At the same time, he was left out of the playing 11 for the third One-Day International.

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