A look at Venkatesh Iyer’s domestic record would tell you why the Kolkata Knight Riders were keen to pick him ahead of the 2021 season. The Madhya Pradesh all-rounder has made quite a name with his hard-hitting batting and useful bowling. A T20 batting strike-rate of 137.64 reflects his hitting abilities, while an economy under seven shows he can keep it tight. Kolkata picked him up at the 2021 IPL Auction and he responded by smashing 198 in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Punjab in late February 2021. He had a prolific 2021 IPL season amassing 370 runs in 10 matches at an average of 41.11. His good form in the IPL earned him a place in the national side in T20Is & ODIs. He is one of KKR’s trump cards and retained players and the franchise will be expecting some match-winning performances from the youngster.