Indore-born 26-year-old Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Venkatesh Iyer is a huge fan of Sourav Ganguly and has modelled his game and technique on the lines of the former India skipper.
However, with his entertaining style of batting in the last two matches — against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) he himself has a huge fan following.
Iyer scored his maiden IPL century and guided his side to a 7-wicket victory against MI on Thursday evening.
In a post-match show, Iyer said that he always had the desire to play for KKR only because Sourav Ganguly was its “captain initially”
“KKR was the first franchise that I wanted to be a part of only because dada (Sourav Ganguly) was the captain initially, so I really wanted to get into KKR first and got picked. That was a dreamy moment for me, to be honest,” said Iyer.
“I am a huge fan of dada. Dada has millions of fans across the globe and I’m one of them and dada has played a huge role in my batting. Indirectly, I used to bat right-handed when I was very young but I wanted exactly to replicate dada looking at him, the way he hit sixes, the way he batted, the way he bowled. I think, he has played a huge role unknowingly in my life. I’m really grateful for that,” Iyer said.