Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir felt that Venkatesh Iyer is not a 50 over format material yet, and he felt if Venkatesh Iyer selection is based on the IPL performance, the chance should be given in the T20 over format instead of 50 over format.
“I feel he should only be considered for T20 cricket. Because he doesn’t have that level of maturity yet. He has been given an opportunity to play international level after watching him in only 7-8 IPL matches. If you are going by IPL performances, then play him in T20 cricket. ODI is a completely different ball game and a completely different beast,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.
Talking about the batting position of Iyer, Gambhir felt Iyer should bat in the middle overs instead of opening in the IPL.
“Iyer had opened in IPL, now he is playing in the middle order. Send him back. If you are considering him for ODI cricket then tell his IPL franchise to play him in the middle order. But I feel he should be kept for T20s only, that too only as an opener if he plays at that position in IPL,” he added.
After getting selected for the Indian Team, many of the cricket fans felt that he could be the ideal replacement for the Hardik Pandya, but Iyer failed to make an impact in the ODI series against South Africa.