Shreyas Iyer advises Prithvi Shaw and the Mumbai domestic team to stick to their plans and not change anything ahead of their Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Iyer captained the side in the initial stage of the tournament and then handed the reins to Shaw as he has to leave for matches against England.
It has been a one-man show for Mumbai as Prithvi Shaw, discarded from the Indian team after the Adelaide Test against Australia, is now the leading run-scorer in a single season of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The right-handed opener has smashed 754 runs – breaking Mayank Agarwal’s record of 723 runs in 2017-18 – with 4 centuries, including a double hundred, at an outrageous average of 188.50 and an astonishing strike rate of 134.88.
After India’s defeat in the first T20I against England, on Friday, Shreyas Iyer, who is also Shaw’s captain at the Delhi Capitals, revealed that he has told the youngster to not change anything for the final as they will playing on a different pitch in Delhi, and just back his instincts which have gained him so many runs throughout the tournament.
“I would just say to the Mumbai team that they don’t have to change anything and should play the way they are playing in the tournament,” Shreyas Iyer said.
“Obviously, Prithvi Shaw is performing and is in good form, so he doesn’t need to change anything. His mind is in the perfect space. I have talked to him yesterday and told him that the pitch for the final would be different and you must not listen to anybody and back your instincts,” he revealed.
Carrying forward the momentum gained in Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shreyas Iyer
Speaking of the Ind-England T20I, Shreyas Iyer was the lone warrior in the hosts’ batting line-up; the right-hander, batting at number 5 scored 67 off 48 balls, while the next best score was 21.
Iyer, who is facing stiff competition in the national side from his Mumbai teammate Suryakumar Yadav, says that he got a lot of confidence from the two hundreds he smashes in the Vijay Hazare before the T20I series and is taking forward the momentum.
“I played two good knocks in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and that gave me a lot of confidence. I am carrying forward the same momentum,” the 26-year-old added.
India succumbed to an 8-wicket loss as the English batsmen made a light work of the 125-run target. The second T20I is scheduled for Sunday at the same venue.