India’s right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer has by far enjoyed himself in the middle-order by scoring six half-centuries and a hundred with an average of 48 plus in 16 ODIs. He made a real case for himself as a dependable No.4 asset in limited-overs cricket especially after he scored a scintillating 103 off 107 balls in the first ODI match at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
His candid knock included a flurry of 11 fours and a solitary six. The 25-year-old batsman stitched a vital 102-run partnership with Indian captain Virat Kohli and also constructed a 136-run liaison with wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul, helping India to post a mammoth total of 347/4 in their allotted quota of 50 overs.
But, the Indian bowlers missed the trick to deceive the opposition and as a result, they failed to defend a target of 348 with Black Caps’ best batsman Ross Taylor scoring a match-winning hundred. New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Shreyas Iyer reveals reason behind his new-found success at No.4
At the post-match press conference, Shreyas Iyer revealed the reason behind his new-found success at the No.4 slot. He added that batting between No.3 to 5 for India A helped him get into the groove at No.4 position.
“In India A, it’s not that I have to bat number four all the time. You keep changing your position depending on what is the situation. I got to manoeuvre my place from 3 to 5, I kept changing (batting order). It’s just that we get good practice there and you face different opposition as well so you get used to the atmosphere,” Iyer credited his success to his productive stint with A team.
The Hamilton wicket didn’t offer any variable bounce and Shreyas Iyer added that they decided to build a partnership as the game progressed.
“I am very happy but would have been happier if we could have finished the game on a winning note. First of many (centuries) I hope, so I would take this in my stride and try to make sure that next time, I finish on the winning side,” Iyer said at the post-match press conference.
When asked about the nature of the track, the right-handed batsman Iyer said: “It was stopping and coming. There wasn’t any variable bounce on the wicket. We just decided that we needed to take this phase and build a partnership.
Iyer was completely satisfied with the way he played the game. Iyer, who was the pick of the batsmen for India during the first game explained his gameplan in a very detailed manner.
“I’m really happy the way I planned my innings. I was keeping my patience and I had that self-belief that once I cross that certain mark, I will be able to cover up for all the dot balls I faced and I was really happy,” he concluded.