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KL Rahul (middle) with Indian players during a net session


KL Rahul wants India’s ODI team to have a sixth bowler.

Venkatesh Iyer, according to Rahul, may be developed as an ODI sixth bowler.

The first ODI against South Africa will mark Rahul’s ODI captaincy debut.

Venkatesh Iyer, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ breakout star in the IPL 2021 Dubai leg, is being considered as a sixth bowler for India against the South Africa series opener at the Boland Park, Paarl.

KL The first one-day international of the series against South Africa will be Rahul’s debut as ODI captain. A problem that has plagued India in limited-overs cricket for a long time now has been addressed by the right-handed opener, who is now a member of the leadership group. Venkatesh Iyer’s “various skill-sets” have been a key concern for India’s team management for the previous two and a half years because of Hardik Pandya’s injury. Rahul said Iyer, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ breakout star in IPL 2021’s Dubai leg, is being considered as a sixth bowler ahead of the series opener at the Boland Park in Paarl.

In the pre-match virtual news conference on Tuesday, Raul remarked, “Yes, Venkatesh Iyer has been really exciting since the time that he has played for KKR in the IPL and then joined us for the T20 series against New Zealand and he did well.”

A lot more white-ball bowling would be on Rahul’s agenda in the coming days, he said.

“We are giving Venkatesh (as our sixth bowling option) an opportunity to grow, and he will get it. We can use him as a sixth bowler because he’s done well so far.”

Iyer, who earned his Twenty20 International debut in last year’s home series against New Zealand, was outstanding for Madhya Pradesh in India’s local one-day tournament, the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

In six matches, the left-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler took 9 wickets and scored 379 runs, including two centuries, in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Whether or whether he plays in Wednesday’s ODI will be interesting to watch. That’s what Rahul said, and Iyer has looked good in practice.

“Because they provide needed variety to the team, quick bowling all-rounders are always in demand. Venkatesh is a fantastic candidate for this position because he’s looking good in the nets “He tacked on.

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