India’s limited-overs specialist Shreyas Iyer has justified his recall in the Indian team ever since coming back in 2019. Shreyas Iyer has brought India tantalisingly close to end their number four problems in ODIs by delivering some defining performances recently. Nevertheless, the right-handed batsman is ready to bat at number three as well – a position he has not batted in his limited outing in international cricket.
With Virat Kohli establishing himself as one of the best batters at the number three position in white-ball cricket, Shreyas Iyer has stuck to number four in ODIs. As far as the recent T20I series against England went, his spot was flexible. The first three matches saw the 26-year old bat at number five, while the next two witnessed him arriving at six. In the fourth T20I, Iyer also delivered a quick-fire knock of 37 from 18 balls to propel India to a winning total.
Shreyas Iyer said that he would love to bat at number three for India since he fulfils that role for Mumbai in domestic cricket. Nevertheless, he admitted that presently it looks impossible since one has to be flexible at the international level and Shreyas revealed to enjoy the team’s current atmosphere. Shreyas also conceded that one has to put their best foot forward every chance they get since there is plenty of competition.
“Obviously, I’d love to bat at number three since that’s where I bat in domestic cricket (for Mumbai). But currently it’s next to impossible. You need to be flexible if you’re playing at the highest level and I’m really enjoying the current atmosphere in the team. Everyone is really determined to do their best. If you don’t do well, there are a lot of other players ready to steal your position. You need to put your best foot forward and give your best for the team,” Iyer said during a press conference.
Really looking forward to this exciting series: Shreyas Iyer
After beating England, the number one T20I team in the five-match series, Shreyas Iyer senses an incredible opportunity to defeat them in ODIs too. The 26-year old underlined that he does not focus on the opposition or bowler and instead try to play as good as possible.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to beat the number 1 side in the world. To be honest, I don’t look at the opposition or the bowler. You just go there and try to play your best cricket. Really looking forward to this exciting series,” he added.