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IPL 2022: Ajay Jadeja Slams KKR For Dropping Venkatesh Iyer vs RR; Cites Examples of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

IPL 2022: Jadeja reckoned this sets the wrong precedence for Indian cricket which is not healthy. 

Updated: May 3, 2022 1:26 PM IST

By Sports Desk | Edited by Ankit Banerjee

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Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders brought an end to their five-match losing streak on Monday by defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets at the Wankhede stadium. Despite the win, ex-India star Ajay Jadeja slammed the KKR management for dropping Venkatesh Iyer against the Royals. Jadeja reckoned this sets the wrong precedence for Indian cricket which is not healthy.

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“There will always be a debate regarding selection. But if you start dropping players of the Indian team after just a handful of matches then you will set a very bad precedent for Indian cricket,” Jadeja told Cricbuzz.

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Jadeja also went on to ask if that is the case, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have not lived up to the expectations as well.

“If you talk about performance then Virat Kohli didn’t have much till the last game, Rohit Sharma hasn’t performed much, a lot of players haven’t performed well. It’s almost impossible that players would perform in every match. I’m talking about Indian cricket’s perspective. It’s not that KKR’s team doesn’t have promising young talent,” he added.

Iyer has not really stood up to expectations in the ongoing edition of the tournament. He has amassed a paltry 135 runs in nine games. Not just Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy was also not played in the game. Considering the two players were retained choices of the franchise, it is a little strange to see them on the bench.

KKR have now won four out of 10 matches. They are still in the reckoning for a playoff spot.

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Published Date: May 3, 2022 1:23 PM IST

Updated Date: May 3, 2022 1:26 PM IST