Last Update on: December 21st, 2019 at 06:48 pm
Of late, the Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has become a force to reckon with. He is delivering the goods consistently for the team, especially in the ODI format of the game. Though he failed to make the most of the opportunity in T20I form against West Indies, he showed his class with a couple of back-to-back fifties in the ongoing three-match ODI series.
Shreyas Iyer on Saturday said he was flamboyant but not responsible at the beginning of his career. Now, Iyer believes that he is doing both of them in equal measure while solving India’s number four conundrum. The 25-year-old is gradually settling into the critical number four position in a team that has struggled to find one for the longest time.
I know I can play in both flows – Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer, speaking to the press on the eve of the 3rd ODI against West Indies in Cuttack, added he is willing to be flexible and bat at any position for Team India in limited-overs cricket. Shreyas Iyer said that he had adjusted his game to suit the needs of the team and the pressures at international cricket, stressing he has learnt to take responsibility at crunch moments.
“I think that comes with maturity and responsibility. I was a flamboyant player when I started playing first-class cricket. I never used to take responsibility. I just used to back my instincts and go with the flow,” Shreyas Iyer said. Lately, I’ve realised that once you play at the highest level, you gotta take that maturity to another stage.”
“Previous ODIs, I played I was batting at No. 5. It’s not that I have been stable at No. 4, but in the last two games, I have been batting at No. 4. I am flexible that way in batting at any number. You got to be flexible and play according to the team’s demands. I know that I can play in both flows. I can even play strokes, and I can even nudge the ball and take single, so I know my game really well right now, and I can play accordingly.”
Ricky Ponting is a very positive guy –
Further, he spoke on the impact of Ricky Ponting in his career during the Indian Premier League. He showered words of praise on the Australian for his skills to nurture the youngsters during the tournament. Shreyas Iyer was confirmed as the captain of Delhi Capitals for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
“Ricky Ponting is a very positive guy. He backs every player, and that’s the best quality about him. He also treats everybody equally. He has got an amazing nature as a coach and his man-management skills are outstanding,” Iyer said.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for Shreyas Iyer in the next game at Cuttack. For now, he cemented his place in the Indian team in the limited-overs form of the game.