Shreyas Iyer, India, India tour of New Zealand 2020
Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

So far, in the two T20Is, Shreyas Iyer has assured a long-term solution to the middle order muddle. The youngster followed up an unbeaten fifty with a steady 44 at the same Eden Park against New Zealand. India registered a 7-wicket victory, chasing a modest target of 133.

Shreyas Iyer, India, Afghanistan
Shreyas Iyer Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Iyer’s role in the middle overs has been crucial as it is up to him and the other batters to capitalize on the start. The 25-year-old has done well so far and he desires to emulate Virat Kohli’s brilliance when it comes to closing out games.

Shreyas Iyer looks up to Virat and Rohit

“I personally feel that you have a fair idea how many runs you are going to chase and at what run-rate you have to chase them. Virat Kohli is the perfect example when he goes out to bat and the way he plans his innings. I learn a lot from him personally, the way he grinds out and he tries to finish the game. That’s the best part about him” Iyer told reporters.

Iyer said apart from Kohli, he looks up to his Mumbai teammate and team India deputy Rohit Sharma. “(I) Also (learn from) Rohit Sharma, whenever he’s given an opportunity, he makes the best use of it. All these amazing characters in the team set a really good example for us youngsters.

New Zealand vs India 2020, Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

Rohit has been one of the most successful white-ball players in the past couple of years. He can pace the innings according to his will and go for the big scoring shots.”There’s a lot to learn from them and that’s what I try to apply whenever I go out there. I think that I have to stay not out and it really helps me grind throughout that middle period and when the time comes, I take on the bowlers. That’s how you plan your innings when you are chasing,” Iyer said.

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

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