Venkatesh Iyer was one of the discoveries of the season in IPL 2021. He was even called up to the national teams as a result of his performance, and he played in 2 ODIs and 9 T20Is for them. But after a disappointing IPL 2022, his position in the Indian team was completely eliminated. He was not included in the tours to Zimbabwe, the West Indies, or even England.
Recently, Venkatesh Iyer stated that there is competition for positions at all levels and that he feels the pressure at every level equally. He is not a member of the current Indian national team and last participated in a T20I match at Dharamshala in February 2022 against Sri Lanka.
Venkatesh Iyer on the competition in cricket
Given the level of competition in the Indian team, even a minor mistake could result in a new player losing his place. While India regularly gives their backup players a chance, as is the case in their current ODI series in Zimbabwe, there are some players who received regular playing time in the past but no longer appear to be taken into consideration.
Venkatesh Iyer is one of them. He was thought to be the top candidate to fill Hardik Pandya‘s spot as an all-rounder in T20 cricket. Iyer appears to have been forgotten by the selectors as a result of a decline in form and Pandya’s sensational return to the Indian team. Despite the fact that Team India recently made a lot of rotations, he was not a member of the Indian teams that competed in Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Iyer, however, claimed that his only goal is to get better, especially in the bowling department.
“Due to the amount of competition, the pressure is the same across all levels (domestic, IPL, and international). The time that you take to adapt to the pressure of each level is probably different. But I consider all levels the same, and you just have to go out and execute the skills that you have been working on for the past 10-15 years,” Venkatesh Iyer said.
In domestic cricket, Venkatesh has already demonstrated his versatility and put up impressive stats. He must, however, put in more effort if he wants to play regularly for the Indian national team.
“See, I believe that in cricket, you adapt, or you perish. The opportunities are limited, and the talent is so much, so it is great to be a part of the huge pool of talent. So you need to adapt to fit into the scenario, or else you will be pushed behind the line. So I always look to contribute to the team in any way possible, whether it’s opening, batting in the middle-order, or bowling a couple of overs,” Venkatesh added.