Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer: The BCCI asked Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer to stay in the UAE after completing the IPL to play as a net pitcher for the Indian team at Umran Malik during the T20 World Cup.
At the time of this writing, they are not part of the waiting list that currently includes Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar, although India, like the other teams, has until October 15 to make changes to their roster final for the competition to take place.
Avesh had traveled to England with India earlier this year after several major players appeared for Delhi Capitals in the first leg of the IPL. But he had to return home after a thumb injury in a Tour game, and while on the sidelines of the national team, Iyer’s inclusion on the “Net Bowler” roster came as a surprise, in large part because while played in Seam-up became Out to be Inaugural Battery made a name for himself for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Iyer, a player from Madhya Pradesh who debuted on the A and T20 lists in 2015 and then made his top-tier debut in 2018, was one of the finds of the second leg of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, where he was mostly a great performer with the bat at the head of the Knight Riders order.
So far he has scored 265 runs in eight innings with a hit rate of 123.25. He also collected three wickets in 7.3 overs, including 2 of 29 in a league game against Delhi Capitals, while returning an economy rate of 8.53.
Avesh Khan, meanwhile, remains one of the capitals’ stars and by far their leader in wicket-taker: 23 in 15 games with a 7.50 economy rate, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Axar Patel, who he’s 15.
Malik, a senior freshman, was inducted into the XI in the Sunriser’s last three games after the team was knocked out of the competition and was impressed with their pace, though he didn’t end up collecting too many wickets, just two and it’s a little stubborn sometimes.
All of the Indian players have been in the UAE for the IPL for the past few weeks and will meet in time for their first preparation game against Australia on October 18, three days after the IPL ends. Their second and final preparation match will be against South Africa on October 20, and they will begin their campaign in the main tournament against Pakistan on October 24.
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