The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener smashed 104 runs off just 51 balls (strike rate of 203.92). His action-packed innings consisted of six fours and nine sixes. Andre Russell’s 21 off 11 was the second-highest score by a KKR batter in the match.
“Venkatesh Iyer is a special player and proved that with his maiden TATA IPL century. Batters like David Warner and KL Rahul should learn a couple of things from his innings,” Harbhajan told Star Sports Cricket Live.
Notably, both Rahul and Warner have been criticised for their slow approach while batting and their strike rate is in focus. Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) captain Rahul has scored 194 runs at an average of 114.79 in the ongoing season.
Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Warner on the other hand has scored 228 runs at a strike rate of 116.92. To add to Warner’s woes, Delhi have also lost each of their first five matches.
Further, Harbhajan also talked about Punjab Kings (PBKS) and said that the team would not be able to win the tournament if they continue to depend on their captain Shikhar Dhawan.
“The Punjab side seems largely dependent on their captain Shikhar Dhawan in the batting department which is a concern. While depending on one player, you can win two or three matches but you cannot win a tournament like IPL.
“The rest of Punjab players will have to support their captain and take responsibility if they wish to go forward,” Harbhajan added. Dhawan did not feature in Punjab’s match against LSG due to a shoulder injury. He also missed the side’s following match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday.
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