Shreyas Iyer Confident Of India 'Bouncing Back' In Auckland

Updated - 05 Feb 2020, 08:11 PM

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Shreyas Iyer. Credit: Getty Images

Team India are currently touring New Zealand wherein they faced their first defeat in among the six matches. After thoroughly dominating the T20I series and winning it by 5-0, the Kiwis sidelined the visitors in the opening ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday. However, Shreyas Iyer is confident that his team would learn from the loss and come out better in the remainder of the games.

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Despite posting 347 on the board, the much-vaunted bowling attack of India couldn’t stop the Kiwi batsmen from chasing it down to take the lead in the first of the three-match series.

The 25-year-old Iyer top-scored for the Men in Blue, mustering a century at No. 4 four and took India closer to the put an end to the number four riddle. Iyer shared a stand of 102 with Virat Kohli and a partnership of 136 with KL Rahul to put themselves in a strong position. But a century from his counterpart Taylor as well was too much to handle for the Indian bowling attack.

Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, New Zealand vs India 2020, No.4. India
Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

At the post-match press conference, he took away nothing from the hosts and credited them for batting well to chase down 348 successfully.

At the same time, Iyer wasn’t panicking about the loss and remains positive regarding bouncing back similar to the occasions in the past.

“We have got that confidence in our team and in ourselves that we are going to bounce back strong and we have done in the past. We just have to take positives from this game and move forward. They batted really well and credit goes to them. To chase a target of 348 is not easy. It was a very good win for them.” Iyer said.

Shreyas Iyer lavishes praises on KL Rahul:

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Credits: Twitter)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rahul, with whom  Iyer shared a partnership of 136, scored an explosive inning of 88 off 64 balls. The Karnataka batsman continued his rich vein of form from the T20I series in which he was crowned as the Player of the Tournament.

Iyer didn’t hold back in showering admiration on him conceding that there is a lot to learn from Rahul, and the dream run he is enjoying with the way he approaches his knocks.

“KL Rahul has been batting magnificently well. He has been in tremendous touch and there is a lot to learn from him as a batsman, the way he plans his innings and takes on the bowlers.” he added further.

The two sides will travel to Auckland where the second ODI will get underway on 8th of February (Saturday).

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