Not many expected Venkatesh Iyer to do well in IPL 2023, especially after his performances last season. However, he has been excellent so far and his best knock came about against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. He scored a century and in the process, he broke many records for KKR. On that note, here, we take a look at how Twitter reacted as Venkatesh Iyer becomes the second centurion for KKR since 2008 after Brendon McCullum.
Venkatesh Iyer becomes the second centurion for KKR
One aspect that KKR has not been exceptional in is the number of centuries that the players have scored. In the first game of IPL 2008, Brendon McCullum scored a century for KKR. After that, it has been more than 15 years and yet, the team did not have a centurion. This is despite some of the best IPL batters such as Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir donning the jersey of the franchise. However, that wait came to an end on Sunday.
Venkatesh Iyer was under pressure before the season started. Having been retained, he did not have a great outing in IPL 2022. Hence, he had to deliver to justify his price-tag and also ensure that KKR does well. He has been good in this season and despite having an injury issue early against Mumbai Indians, he overcame that to score a stunning century for KKR. This knock will go down as one of the best in the history of the franchise.
Twitter reacts to the terrific feat
Twitter was happy with the effort put in by the Madhya Pradesh cricketer. He had been struggling for a while and hence, this success seemed very good for both the cricketer and the viewer. With this knock, he surely will be in the radar of the Indian selectors. Here is how Twitter reacted in this regard:
💯 for @venkateshiyer! 👏 👏
This has been a stunning knock ⚡️ ⚡️Advertisement
He has overcome an injury to notch up his maiden IPL TON! 💪 💪
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2023Advertisement
#IPL 100s for #KKR
158* – Brendon McCullum in the inaugural match in 2008 on 18 April 2008 – 100 in 53 balls
15 years later!
100* – Venkatesh Iyer TODAY! on 16 Apr 2023 – 100 in 49 balls!#IPL2023#KKRvMI #MIvKKR#KKRvsMI #MIvsKKR
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 16, 2023Advertisement
Venkatesh Iyer only 2nd batter to score hundred for @KKRiders there was a proper method to this inning 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 16, 2023Advertisement
Venkatesh Iyer becomes the second KKR batter to score a century in IPL.
First was by Brendon McCullum in the very first IPL game in 2008.Advertisement
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 16, 2023
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) April 16, 2023
BCCI to Venkatesh Iyer after the IPL: pic.twitter.com/q3YkHU1HAP
— Pulkit🇮🇳 (@pulkit5Dx) April 16, 2023
Finally the century curse has been broken for KKR
After 15 years ❤️
VENKATESH IYER 💜 pic.twitter.com/sii2y1ulxs
— Ashish Shrivastava (@ashishayush1177) April 16, 2023
— Nitish (@IamNitish98) April 16, 2023