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| On May 2, 2022 7:09 PM IST

KKR vs RR IPL 2022: Why is Venkatesh Iyer Not Playing Today?


Venkatesh Iyer IPL 2022 KKR vs RR: In an important news update: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is not playing the today Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) match against Rajasthan Royals at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. The Kolkata Knight Riders have not experienced the best of fortunes in the ongoing tournament so far as they are slotted at the 8th position on the points table with just 3 wins from 9 matches.

KKR vs RR IPL 2022: Why is Venkatesh Iyer Not Playing Today?

After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer revealed the big news that they have finally dropped the out-of-form Venkatesh Iyer from the playing 11. He was retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction at a whopping price of INR 12.5 Crore but the left-handed batsman has failed to deliver the goods this season. Venkatesh has managed to score just 132 runs from 9 games in IPL 2022 that includes only one half-century and a poor strike-rate of below 100.

Venkatesh Iyer Stats in IPL

Matches Runs Strike-Rate Wickets Recent Form
19 502 118.68 3 6, 17, 6, 6, 18


“We will bowl first, seems like a used wicket. Considering the dew factor it helps us in the second innings. We have lost many close games. The chat is always been positive cricket. We need to play fearless cricket. We have two changes. Roy comes in for Venky and Mavi comes in. It’s important to have the right combination. We are trying to give as many matches as possible to the players, but it’s also important to get the right combinations,” said Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer during the toss.

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: Confirmed KKR Playing 11

The Kolkata Knight Riders have made as many as two changes to their playing XI from the last loss against Delhi Capitals. The duo of Anukul Roy and Shivam Mavi have replaced Venkatesh Iyer and Harshit Rana respectively in the side.

KKR Playing 11
1. Aaron Finch
2. Sunil Narine
3. Shreyas Iyer (C)
4. Nitish Rana
5. Andre Russell
6. Baba Indrajith (wk)
7. Rinku Singh
8. Anukul Roy

9. Tim Southee
10. Shivam Mavi

11. Umesh Yadav

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KKR 2022 Squad: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.

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