West Zone is squaring off against Central Zone in the first semi-final of the ongoing Duleep Trophy (2022). The all-important game is taking place at one of the College Cricket Grounds of Coimbatore. The live match is not being broadcasted on any of the television channels in India.
Ajinkya Rahane-led team West Zone is in a comfortable situation in the game and looking all set to register a comprehensive win over Karan Sharma’s Central Zone. Batting in the third innings of the match, The elite team is leading by as many as 204 runs with 9 wickets in hand. A win in this game will mark West Zone’s entrance into the Final.
Central Zone batter Venkatesh Iyer suffers a huge blow:
Meanwhile, Star batsman of Central Zone namely Venkatesh Iyer suffered an unfortunate injury during Day 2 (Friday) of the match. The incident happened when an unnecessary quick throw from West Zone bowler Chintan Gaja crashed into Iyer’s neck after he defended the ball.
It was a huge blow to fathom not just for the middle-order batsman but also for the spectators present at the venue. An ambulance was called with a stretcher to assist Iyer out of the field, yet the all-rounder decided to walk off instead as mandatory concussion protocols were practiced in the dugout.
Here are the visuals from the venue :
Unpleasant scene here. Venkatesh Iyer has been hit on the shoulder as Gaja throws the ball defended ball back at the batter. Venkatesh is down on the ground in pain and the ambulance arrives. #DuleepTrophy pic.twitter.com/TCvWbdgXFp
— Dhruva Prasad (@DhruvaPrasad9) September 16, 2022
Nevertheless, After a brief break, Venkatesh Iyer was back on the field to bat his team out of a difficult situation. He eventually got out on a peach of a delivery from an off-spinner namely Tanush Kotian. The grit of the Indian batter was appreciated by his teammates and the fans.
The Southpaw was the pick of the batters for Finalists Kolkata Knight Riders in 2021. He displayed some serious skills batting at the top order for the marquee franchise. Iyer made his debut for the Indian team last year after the conclusion of the T20I World Cup 2021. However, he is not part of the national team currently due to poor outings in the last few months.