Who is Venkatesh Iyer? Venkatesh Iyer Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Girlfriend, Salary & More

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Who is Venkatesh Iyer?

Venkatesh Iyer (born December 25, 1994, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh) is an Indian cricketer who plays for Madhya Pradesh and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL. He made his Twenty20 debut against the Railways cricket team at Holkar Stadium in March 2015. 

He made his List A debut against the Saurashtra cricket team at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in December 2015. He made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy on 6 December 2018.

Venkatesh Iyer starts his IPL Career with Kolkata Knight Riders

Venkatesh Iyer starts his IPL Career with Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer starts his IPL Career with Kolkata Knight Riders

Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is all set to make his IPL debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday (September 20). The match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Venkatesh Iyer, 26, couldn’t have been more thankful to his mother on Monday, after being handed his IPL cap by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

26-year old Venkatesh is an ambidextrous all-rounder. He bats left-handed but bowls with his right hand.

In this article, we will take a look at three facts about KKR’s latest debutant Venkatesh Iyer.

Venkatesh Iyer Biography, Wiki

Venkatesh Iyer played at the U-16 level for his state team before receiving a place in the Madhya Pradesh senior team. Born in Indore, Venkatesh made his T20 debut for Madhya Pradesh against the Railways cricket team at Holkar Stadium in March 2015. He received his maiden List-A cap against Saurashtra at Rajkot in December 2015. In that match, he got a chance to bat at the crucial no.3 spot but managed to score only 16 runs.

Iyer made his first-class debut against Hyderabad on December 6, 2018. If we talk about his batting statistics in first-class cricket, the youngster has played 15 innings and scored 545 runs at a decent average of 36.33. In List A Cricket, he has a staggering average of 47.16 and has scored 849 runs at almost run-a-ball.

Venkatesh caught the attention of fans during the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2020-21. Playing against Punjab, the southpaw from Indore played a blistering knock of 198 runs in just 146 balls. Later, he registered figures of 2/24 with the ball as well. Hence his IPL franchise-KKR will be aware of the fact that he possesses the ability to change the game single-handedly.

In the IPL 2021 auctions, Kolkata Knight Riders bought Venkatesh at his base price of 20 Lakhs. Venkatesh was handed his maiden cap for the franchise ahead of the first match of KKR during the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He’s got a golden opportunity to prove his mettle and would be eager to perform on the field.

Venkatesh Iyer Biography
Venkatesh Iyer
Full nameVenkatesh Rajasekaran Iyer
NicknameVenky
ProfessionCricketer (All-rounder)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 183 cm
in meters– 1.83 m
in feet & inches– 6’ 0”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Cricket
International DebutODI– Did not play yet
Test– Did not play yet
T20– Did not play yet
Jersey Number# 25 (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Domestic/State Team• Kolkata Knight Riders
• Madhya Pradesh
• Madhya Pradesh Under-16s
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium
Records (main ones)• Highest runs scored in a List-A game
Personal Life
Date of Birth25 December 1994
Age (as of 2021)27 Years
BirthplaceIndore, Madhya Pradesh
Zodiac signCapricorn
NationalityIndian
HometownIndore, India
SchoolSt. Paul Higher Secondary School, Indore
College/UniversityInstitute Of Management Studies, DAVV University, Indore
CasteTamil Brahmin
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Family
Wife/SpouseN/A
ParentsFather– Rajasekaran Iyer
Mother– Name not known
Favorite Things
CricketerBatsman– Sourav Ganguly, Alastair Cook
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)20 Lakhs INR

Venkatesh Iyer Career

Iyer, who bats in the top order and bowls handy medium pace for Madhya Pradesh in the domestic circuit, started like most kids in India. “Honestly, I started playing when my mother would often nudge me to get outdoors and burn energy rather than being cooped up indoors with books all the time,” he laughs. And then life happened, and academics would soon take over. Cricket wouldn’t make an appearance until he was nearly 19.

Iyer enrolled for a B.Com degree, alongside a chartered accountancy degree. He even topped in the intermediate examinations in 2016, when he had a decision to make. Attempting the CA finals would mean giving up the game, or at least temporarily putting his cricket career on hold.

He had already made his T20 and 50-overs debuts for the Madhya Pradesh senior team and was captain of the state’s Under-23 team. A first-class debut was imminent, and he let his instincts take over.

“I decided to give up my CA and pursue an MBA in finance,” Iyer says. “I gave a lot of entrance exams, had decent scores, and enrolled into a good college. I was fortunate the faculty liked cricket, and they saw I was doing well, and gave me the cushion by taking care of my attendance, preparing notes, and rescheduling exams.

'I quickly realised you could have a conversation with just about everyone' - Iyer on the KKR team environment
‘I quickly realized you could have a conversation with just about everyone’ – Iyer on the KKR team environment 

Iyer landed a job with the “Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte, in their India headquarters in Bengaluru in 2018. It was decision time again, and Iyer let go the offer, which he eventually wouldn’t regret, because he soon made his Ranji Trophy debut for Madhya Pradesh in December that year.

“I knew I wasn’t going to take up the offer,” he says. “I would’ve had to move cities, and that would’ve meant the end of my cricket. We all need a Plan B in life, right? So my MBA was just that. My parents anyway wanted me to complete a basic degree. Dad was a Human Resources consultant, mom spent many years in hospital administration. A basic degree is all they asked of me. With their help and of course the faculty at college, I was able to focus equally on both academics and cricket.”

While letting the job go was tough, Iyer justified it in his own way. “I had a good one-day season, I hadn’t got a hundred, but then we had two three-day practice games against Chhattisgarh. In the first game I got out cheaply, but the second one was the turning point,” he says. “I had my MBA internal exams, so I went to college, gave the exams, left early, jumped a few signals on the way, and when we got to the ground, we were 60 for 6.

Venkatesh Iyer made his Ranji Trophy debut in December 2018
Venkatesh Iyer made his Ranji Trophy debut in December 2018

In the first half of the IPL, match time eluded Iyer, but he says time spent with the team helped him gain a perspective around his cricket. He credits the hierarchy of communication at KKR for this and the openness with which he could communicate with the senior leadership group. He also derived great satisfaction at being able to play the likes of Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine in the nets.

“It’s a great set-up, you learn so much being in a team environment,” he says. “Sometimes as young players, you tend to get overawed, you tend to feel ‘oh, but can I go up and talk to them.’ For me, I looked at all this very normally. And in this setup, I quickly realized you could have a conversation with just about everyone. That is the best part of the group and I’ve enjoyed the time with the franchise.”

Off the field, Iyer loves reading and watching cooking shows and movies. He is a huge Rajinikanth fan. “A Thalaivar (boss) devotee,” he laughs. “I can watch his movies ‘n’ number of times. He’s a legend.”

Iyer doesn’t believe in looking too far ahead but wants to make the most of his opportunities as they come. For starters, he wants to make a mark in the second phase of the IPL and then translate that into success in the upcoming domestic season.

Venkatesh Iyer IPL Salary

Venkatesh Iyer in KKR
Venkatesh Iyer in KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders signed the Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer for ₹20 lakh (US$28,000) in the IPL 2021 auction. He’s got a chance to prove himself and will want to make the best use of the given opportunity.

Venkatesh Iyer Dating & Relationship status

Venkatesh Iyer is currently single. He is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about his past relationship and any previous engaged. According to our Database, He has no children.

Some Interesting Facts About Venkatesh Iyer

  • Venkatesh Iyer is an Indian cricketer who plays as a batting all-rounder for the Madhya Pradesh state team in the domestic and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
  • Venkatesh Iyer belongs to a modest background and started his journey at the age of 10 when he joined a cricket club in his hometown Indore.
  • Venkatesh Iyer used to play as wicketkeeper-batsman till Under-19 level. He developed an interest in bowling when he was given a chance to bowl in a match. Venkatesh Iyer during his training days at the academy.
  • Venkatesh Iyer made his first-class debut for his Madhya Pradesh against Hyderabad at Indore in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. He didn’t get a chance to bat, but he picked up one wicket from his two overs in that match.
  • Venkatesh Iyer played in 10 first-class matches and scored 545 runs from his 15 innings at an average of 36.33 runs per match, and his highest score in this format is 93 runs. He has also picked up 7 wickets from his 10 first-class games with a strike rate of 112.20, and his best figure being 3/46. Venkatesh Iyer for home state Madhya Pradesh in Ranji Trophy.
  • Venkatesh Iyer made his List-A debut for Madhya Pradesh against Saurashtra in Vijay Hazare Trophy at Rajkot on 11 December 2015. He managed to score only 16 runs off 15 balls in that match.
  • He has played in 24 List-A matches, scoring 849 runs at an average of  47.16 and has picked 10 wickets at an economy of 5.38 runs per over.
  • Venkatesh Iyer scored 198 runs against Punjab in the Elite Group D match of Vijay Hazare Trophy at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Venkatesh opened the batting for his home state slamming 20 boundaries and seven sixes from 146 balls. He fell short by two runs for his double-century. His spectacular innings with the bat helped his side to amass 402 runs at the loss of three wickets from 50 overs. Madhya Pradesh won that match by 105 runs.
  • Venkatesh Iyer broke the List-A record for the most runs scored in an innings, which previously was held by Australian batsman David Warner against Victoria, who scored 197 runs off  141 balls in the 2013 Ryobi One-Day Cup. Venkatesh Iyer during the List-A match against Punjab in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
  • Venkatesh Iyer made his T20 debut for Madhya Pradesh against Railways in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Indore on 25 March 2015. He did not get a chance to bat, but he did pick up one wicket in that match. Venkatesh Iyer for Madhya Pradesh in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
  • Venkatesh Iyer has played 38 T20 games and picked up 21 wickets at economy rate of 6.98 runs per over in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders bought Venkatesh Iyer at a base price of 20 Lakhs INR at IPL auction. Venketesh who is an all-rounder will be fcing a stiff competition for places in the KKR squad with likes of Andre Russell and Shivam Mavi. It will also be a great learning experience for him to share the dressing room with players like Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan.

Venkatesh Iyer FAQ’s

Who is Venkatesh Iyer?

Venkatesh Iyer (born December 25, 1994, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh) is an Indian cricketer who plays for Madhya Pradesh and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL. He made his Twenty20 debut against the Railways cricket team at Holkar Stadium in March 2015. 

For how much did KKR buy Venkatesh Iyer?

20 Lakhs INR.

Who is Venkatesh Iyer’s girlfriend?

Currently, Venkatesh Iyer is not dating anyone. He is single.

What was Venkatesh Iyer’s debut?

He made his List A debut against the Saurashtra cricket team at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in December 2015. He made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy on 6 December 2018.

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