Journey from MBA Graduate to Cricketer


Venkatesh Iyer, a name that has emerged since the start of the UAE leg of IPL 2021. In his IPL debut against RCB, Iyer hit an unbeaten 41 and against Mumbai Indians he took on some of the biggest names in world cricket – Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Adam Milne – with a 30-ball 53.

Iyer was born into a family of doctors, engineers and teachers. No one in his family was interested in sports. Venkatesh Iyer, an MBA graduate in finance, has turned down several offers from big companies to pursue a career in cricket. In 2018, Venkatesh turned down an offer from one of India’s largest accounting firms, Deloitte, because he wanted to become a cricketer. His father Rajasekharan Iyer was against the move, but his mother Usha Iyer, a nurse at a hospital in Indore, allowed him to pursue his dream.

Born on 25 December 1994, Iyer plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket. He made his T20 debut in 2015 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament against Railways. In the same year he also made his List A debut against Saurashtra. He made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018 Ranji Trophy.

Venkatesh said in an interview, it is not that he chose cricket as a career because he is not good in studies, if he was not playing cricket he would have got admission in any IIT or IIM in the country. Iyer further said that, he did not have to work very hard to manage both, that he has always been a meritorious student.

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In the 2021 IPL auction, Iyer donated Rs. 20 lakh contract with the Indian Premier League franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders. Former Indian captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is Prerna Venkatesh Iyer. At his young age, Iyer was a right-handed batsman, but following his idol Sourav Ganguly, he transformed himself into a left-handed batsman.

Iyer made a stellar entry for KKR in IPL 2021, he would like to continue his form in the coming matches as well. Iyer can also bowl at medium pace.

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