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IPL 2023, PBKS vs KKR: Venkatesh Iyer Missing from KKR Playing XI, Twitter Wonder is He The Impact Player?

Curated By: Ritayan Basu


Last Updated: April 01, 2023, 16:06 IST

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IPL 2023: KKR's Venkatesh Iyer (Twitter)

IPL 2023: KKR's Venkatesh Iyer (Twitter)

Venkatesh Iyer's name was missing from Kolkata Knight Riders' playing XI for the IPL game against Punjab Kings

Venkatesh Iyer was not named by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their ‘playing XI’ for the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Saturday.

Nitish Rana won the toss, who is captaining KKR in place of injured Shreyas Iyer, and decided that he and his side will be bowling first.

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“We will bowl first, it has rained in the last two days so there would be some moisture. I am excited because very few people get this opportunity. It is a game of cricket after all so there is not much pressure. The impact player rule is in its initial stage. We have to see that the decisions we take prove to be right. Russell, Narine, Gurbaz and Southee are our overseas players," Rana said after winning the toss.


When the team’s playing XI was known, fans immediately noticed that Venkatesh Iyer’s name was missing.

Some were also quick to point out that KKR had opted to retain Venkatesh Iyer in place of Shubman Gill barely two seasons back ahead of the IPL mega auction.

While most supporters were left scratching their heads over Venkatesh Iyer’s omission, some pointed out that KKR may bring him in in the second half innings to bat as an ‘impact player’.

PBKS captain Shikhar Dhawan had another issue at the toss when he foot who Punjab Kings’ players are.

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    first published:April 01, 2023, 15:43 IST
    last updated:April 01, 2023, 16:06 IST