Ben Stokes from India? KKR star says he wants to be like all-rounder England and contribute in all formats, Sports News

Ben Stokes from India?  KKR star says he wants to be like all-rounder England and contribute in all formats, Sports News

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made a notable turnaround in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) second leg by qualifying for the playoffs despite having recorded just two wins in their first seven matches of the Indian leg of the tournament. KKR won five of its seven matches in the UAE stage and finished four before entering the final by winning the Knockout and second Qualifier.

Although they ended up on the losing end in the final with the Chennai Super Kings lifting their fourth IPL title, KKR had the campaign to remember. The boundless Indian off-roader Venkatesh Iyer was one of KKR’s revelations in the second leg of IPL 2021 and played a pivotal role in its resurgence.

Iyer, who has earned his first call-up in India for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, takes inspiration from England superstar Ben Stokes and wants to be like him for Team India. The all-rounder said he would like to be an all-format player like Stokes for the Indian team.

“What Ben Stokes does for England or any other team he plays for, is quite inspiring. He is a match winner in all formats. He contributes to all three departments equally and is a great asset to the team,” Iyer saying Yaari Sports.

“Watching him play, I feel like this is something I really want to become … Contribute in all formats and in all positions, take ground with the ball and become a confident fielder like Stokes. What team wouldn’t want a player? like Stokes? I’m inspired by Ben Stokes, “he added.

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In what was a memorable debut season for the hitting all-rounder in the IPL, the swashbuckling southpaw scored 370 runs and collected 3 wickets in ten games for his team. He was one of KKR’s featured artists on the UAE stage of IPL 2021 and was rewarded for his exploits by the Indian selectors.

India will kick off its three-game T20I series against New Zealand from November 17, and Iyer is hoping to make his national team debut against the Black Caps.

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