Team India has been announced for the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand. Many young faces have been given a chance in the 16-member team. Former India batsman VVS Laxman has welcomed these changes. He said that it is good to see players who have performed brilliantly in the IPL being rewarded. Some big players including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah have been rested in this series. Harshal Patel, Venkatesh Iyer and Avesh Khan have been given a chance for the first time in Team India.
Harshal Patel took most wickets in IPL 2021. He took 32 wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Whereas Avesh Khan took 24 wickets. He welcomed the inclusion of these two in the team. He said that the T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia next year, considering the pitches there, this is a great move. Regarding Venkatesh Iyer, told him that he can give the option of an all-rounder to Team India. Iyer scored 370 runs in 10 matches while opening for KKR in the UAE of IPL 2021.
Laxman said, ‘I want a batsman like Iyer to bat outside his position. India have got five openers in this team and you know Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are the frontrunners for this place. So Venkatesh Iyer needs to be fit in the team but not in the top order. He should bat at No.5 or No.6 and also bowl a few overs or more. He can be Hardik Pandya’s backup. You can develop Venkatesh Iyer into a utility all-rounder.