'He will be sold for a very expensive price at the mega-auction': Sehwag names 26-year-old as his 'find' of IPL 2021
The 2021 release of the Indian Premier League has indeed delivered some attractive young people. Kartik Tyagi has bowled phenomenally for Rajasthan Royals and Avesh Khan has stopped people in their tracks with his great quick bowling. Ruturaj Gaikwad, subsequent to missing the most piece of last year's IPL has consumed the outlines scoring more than 600 runs in just his second IPL season and youthful quick bowler Arshdeep Singh has given BCCI a potential left-arm seamer contender to address India soon.
Notwithstanding, the one young person who has been vital for his group in going far in IPL 2021 has been Venkatesh Iyer of Kolkata Knight Riders. From not playing a solitary game in the India leg to arising as one of the top finds of the period, Iyer has surprised the IPL scoring 320 runs from nine matches at a normal of 40 and strike-pace of 125.
Impressed by Iyer's batting exploits, former India batsman Virender Sehwag feels that the 26-year-old has been one of the main reasons behind KKR's terrific comeback in the second phase that saw them reach the final after struggling at the seventh position at the end of the India leg.
"No doubt. He has been a great find of this tournament, because if someone has been instrumental in staging KKR-s comeback, it has been Iyer. The starts he has given KKR at the top, it has allowed the team to reach the final. Even against Delhi Capitals, he finished the match in the first 10 overs itself and from there onward, it was merely a formality," Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
Sehwag added that in KKR are looking to retain certain players for next year's mega-auction, Iyer should be at the top of their list. Irrespective whichever team he plays for going forward, Sehwag is confident that the franchise he is going to be end up representing after the mega-auction would have spent a lot on Iyer.
"The way he is batting, he can be the top contender if KKR are looking to retain some players. He may have come in this year for a cheaper price but heading into the mega auction, he will be sold for a very expensive price. So, I would like to believe that KKR would discuss that if they are to retain 2-3 Indians, Iyer can be one of them," Sehwag added.