Kolkata Knight Riders registered a dominant win over Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. As a result of their 7-wicket win with 29 balls to spare, they have now entered the top half of the points table. Moreover, given the brand of cricket they are playing, there would be some warning bells ringing in the other teams' dugout already.
With the way they have played so far, the players deserved a celebration post a win over a strong team like Mumbai which they did once they entered the dressing room. There were players clicking selfies and sharing smiles and laughter, at the same time, there were also Bollywood songs being hummed around. In a video shared by the franchise on their social media, Kolkata not only gave a sneak peek into the celebration but Player of the Match Sunil Narine stressed the fact on how they need to continue to bat, ball and field well consistently.
"𝔸𝔹𝕆𝕌𝕋 𝕃𝔸𝕊𝕋 ℕ𝕀𝔾ℍ𝕋 😃 #MIvKKR #KKR #AmiKKR #KorboLorboJeetbo #আমিKKR #IPL2021," the video was captioned.
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Meanwhile, the latest hidden gem that has seemingly been unearthed through the Indian Premier League is Kolkata Knight Rides' batter, Venkatesh Iyer. The left-hander has been a key reason for their renaissance in the UAE-leg of IPL 2021 and his quickfire innings has helped them win both their matches in UAE so far.
And now Iyer has revealed that he always wanted to be a part of the Kolkata franchise due to former India and KKR captain Sourav Ganguly. He added that it was a dream come true when he was picked by the side and he was welcomed warmly by the entire KKR family.
Started batting left-handed since I wanted to replicate Dada: Iyer
He identified himself as a big Sourav Ganguly fan and was grateful for the role the former cricketer unknowingly played in his life.
"Honesty, KKR was the first franchise I wanted to be part of purely because of Sourav Ganguly. He was the captain initially, so when I got picked for KKR, that was a dream come true moment for me to be honest. I got a very warm welcome on joining KKR," said Iyer in a video uploaded on IPLT20.com.
"I am huge fan of Dada. He has got millions of fans across the globe and I am one of them. Dada has played a huge role in my batting indirectly. I used to bat right-handed when I was young. But I wanted to replicate Dada exactly – the way he hit sixes, the way he batted and bowled. He has played a huge role, unknowingly, in my life and I am really grateful for that," the 26-year-old added.