One of the KKR’s retained players Venkatesh Iyer who was a sensation last season, however struggling for runs this season. After his exclusion from the Playing XI in KKR’s last match, Sunil Gavaskar believes the 27-year-old may be suffering from the second-season syndrome.
Gavaskar Backs Venkatesh Iyer
With a seven-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders ended a five-match losing slide in IPL 2022 and back to winning form.
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar commented on KKR’s incessant making up news and leaving out Venkatesh, saying that India’s all-rounder may be suffering from the second-season syndrome.
“KKR has had to implement a few adjustments as a result of their lack of success. Iyer, Venkatesh… I was thinking of giving someone a long rope because he’s only completed maybe 9 or 10 games and hasn’t done anything with a bat or a ball. He may be suffering from the second-season syndrome.”
“That’s why they chose Anukul Roy as their companion. We all know how good a fielder he is. We’ve seen him come in as a replacement after a bowler has completed his four overs. He is an exceptional fielder “On Star Sports, Gavaskar said.
In IPL 2022 season, Venkatesh Iyer has just scored 132 runs out of the 9 matches he featured so far at a strike rate of 97.77.