Shreyas Iyer will be a relieved man after scoring a fighting half-century in India’s loss in the first T20I to England on Friday. The right-hander was competing closely for a place in the side with Suryakumar Yadav but was given the nod over his Mumbai teammate.
A failure in the first T20I would have only mounted pressure on Shreyas Iyer. However, the 26-year-old repaid the faith of the management with a 48-ball 67. Iyer came to bat when the team was in a precarious situation – the hosts were 20/3 when he came in. Rishabh Pant, who is making a comeback in the side was promoted straight to number 4 – a position which the likes of Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, and Shreyas Iyer have been competing for.
Despite losing wickets at the other end, Iyer held the fort strong from his end and took the side to a respectable total – but eventually, it was made a mockery of by the England batters who completed the chase in 15.3 overs.
Speaking of the change in batting positions, the Delhi Capitals skipper said that one had to adapt quickly when it comes to the national side. He asserted that there wasn’t any drastic change – just the mindset and was ready to do whatever the management asked of him.
“Coming into the Indian team, you have to be flexible with which batting position you will be batting. I haven’t made any changes, it is just the mindset, what the team requires and batted according to the situation,” Shreyas Iyer said in a virtual press conference.
Had to keep playing natural game irrespective of losing early wickets: Shreyas Iyer
The right-hander emphasizes he had to play his natural game and look to score runs in an attacking way despite losing partners at the other end. Iyer maintains that he has faced similar situations while playing in the IPL and felt they just needed one partnership to put up a decent total, but that didn’t happen as England pacers didn’t give any respite to the hosts.
“It was a challenging situation, we had to keep playing natural game and keep ticking scoreboard irrespective of losing early wickets.
“I have been in this situation before, been there in IPL, it is not the first time. I knew I will get odd boundaries, and momentum changes if get a partnership, and then batters dominate bowlers, so from that point of view, their bowlers bowled well. It was their day and kudos to them,” Iyere added.