Shreyas Iyer made the most of his opportunity on Sunday, scoring a fine fifty against West Indies in the second ODI. With India starting a new four-year ODI cycle with an eye on the next World Cup, Iyer has started his journey on a good note. He joined Virat Kohli in the middle when India were reeling at 101 for 3.
Kohli was looking in good touch and Iyer turned out to be the perfect partner for him. The two went on to share a century-plus stand to bat India to a position of strength. Iyer went on to score 71, helping India post a challenging total of 279. Iyer’s knock was studded with five fours and a maximum. The score turned out to be more than enough in the end as India won the game by 59 runs (DLS method).
West Indies were all out for 210 while chasing a revised target of 270 in 46 overs. Opening batsman Evin Lewis set the tone for the chase by scoring 65 before being dismissed by an excellent one-handed catch by Kohli. At 179 for 5, West Indies were in contention to chase down the total. However, Nicholas Pooran’s dismissal opened the floodgates as India took four wickets for just three runs to reduce West Indies to 182 for 8 from 179 from 5. West Indies were eventually all out for 210.
Speaking at the end of the match, Shreyas Iyer said he was confident of doing well because of his familiarity with the conditions. Prior to this series, Iyer had played for India A against West Indies A. The right-handed batsman opened up on his knock before saying that he wants to get a longer rope from the team.
“It was a fruitful day. I knew I was going to do well, I played for India A and I played in these grounds, paced my innings well and think it went well. I decided that I wouldn’t take any risks, Virat told me that we needed to build a partnership and take the innings deep. He supported me very well, we took the ones and twos, hit the boundaries when it came. We decided 250 was a good score, obviously we got 30 runs extra. He told me to bat at least until the 45th over, I am thankful for what I managed,” said Shreyas Iyer.
“I want to stay in the team for a while, the consistency is always important, I want to play well and contribute to the team,” he added.