Indian middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has opened up on the challenges in the ongoing ODI series in Australia. With the three-match ODI series surrendered by the tourists, they will look for a consolation victory in the final ODI that will take place in Canberra on Wednesday. Shreyas Iyer, who has had an underwhelming outing so far, has cited the amount of workload on the Indian players; however, expressed confidence on the bowlers to bounce back.
Shreyas Iyer has faced troubles with the short-pitched deliveries in the series against Australia as he got out to one in the first ODI. The right-handed batsman managed only a couple of runs and followed it with 38 in the second game before a blinder from Steve Smith sent him back. India’s mighty batting efforts fell significantly short in both the matches as the hosts piled up 374 and 389 in Sydney to win by 66 and 51 runs respectively.
Shreyas Iyer highlighted that one has to understand the workload that has come with the IPL, playing 14 games in the UAE and straight coming here to quarantine. Hence, the 25-year old acknowledged that it plays on every player’s mind and not only the bowlers. Hence, he opined that the increased workload could be the reason for their rustiness.
“To be really honest, I don’t know what is the talk going on. But if you see the amount of workload that they have gone through in IPL, playing continuous 14 games and after that coming here, staying in quarantine. So definitely, it plays in your mind and it’s with every individual in the team and not only the bowlers,” Shreyas Iyer told ESPN Cricinfo.
I believe in them and also the coaches who are working with them: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas did not fail to back the bowlers to come back strongly in the upcoming games, considering their firm mindset. The Mumbai-born batsman has full confidence in them and the coaches who are mentoring them. Thus, he thinks, it would be harsh to blame them for any reason since they have displayed excellent work ethics in practice sessions.
“I’m sure they are world-class bowlers and with the mindset they have, they will definitely come back strong in the next game. I believe in them and also the coaches who are working with them. I would not blame them for any reason and happy with the work ethics they have shown in the practice,” he added.