“I felt I could play in World Cup,” Venkatesh Iyer says he was hurt when was sidelined from the Indian side

Venkatesh Iyer so far has played 9 T20Is and 2 ODIs for India.

Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer has opened up about his omission from the Indian squad. He revealed that when he was part of the team he felt that he will play in the World Cup but when he was dropped he was hurt.

Venkatesh Iyer’s rise and fall in international cricket 

After a stellar second leg of the IPL 2021, Venkatesh Iyer was drafted into the Indian side to fill in the shoes of injured Hardik Pandya. He donned Indian jersey for 9 T20Is and 2 ODIs before he was dropped and never found himself in the national side again.

He wasn’t given a longer rope after he failed to create the impact that was expected from them. Venkatesh Iyer did a decent job for his side in the T20Is as in 9 games he scored 133 runs at an average and strike rate of 33.25 and 162.2 respectively to go with 5 wickets with the ball as well. In ODIs, he failed to impress in 2 games.

But since Hardik Pandya’s return to the side, Venkatesh Iyer has been on the sidelines. But he has been performing consistently well in the domestic circuit. He started the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with a bang – 62* and 6/20 vs Rajasthan and followed it up with scores of 57, 42 and 28 in the next three games.

He then suffered a freak injury as he twisted his ankle and underwent surgery which ruled him out of the entire domestic circuit.

Venkatesh Iyer expresses his disappointment over missing the World Cup 

Following his omission from the Indian side, Iyer spoke about what he felt. Speaking to Cricketnext, he said:

“When I was called into the Indian cricket team, I felt I could play in the World Cup and then I was not there. That really hurt me,” 

It remains to be seen if Iyer makes a comeback in the Indian side or not.

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