Indian batter Shreyas Iyer said he wants to contribute more as a Test player for the Indian team in future. Iyer made his Test debut against New Zealand last year in November and scored 105 on his debut innings at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
The 27-year-old has played just four Test matches so far in his career and already averages 55.43 after scoring 388 runs from seven innings, he amassed 186 runs in the recently concluded two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
Shreyas Iyer missed hundred in pink-ball Test
Iyer scored 92 in the first innings to bail India out from a paltry score and helped them push to a moderate total of 252 in the first innings. He made 67 in the second innings as India secured a massive lead of 446 runs and eventually won the match by 238 runs.
I was just trying to be one step of the bowlers: Shreyas Iyer
Iyer, who was awarded player of the match, said he wasn’t bothered about missing his second Test hundred and is determined to contribute to Test cricket at the highest level.
“That wasn’t my normal approach but when I saw other batters struggling, I knew I had to attack. I was just trying to be one step of the bowlers. When the tail came in, I was on 55 and I added 37 more, so I wasn’t too bothered about missing out on a hundred,” Iyer said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“We were given a target, and I was in the mindset to play as many balls as possible. I have always dreamt about being a Test player for India and playing alongside the greats and contributing at the highest level. I hope I can maintain that consistency in the time to come,” he added.
Iyer became the first Indian batter to score two 50-plus scores in a pink-ball Test match. The Mumbai batter amassed 204 runs in the T20I series at an impressive strike rate of 174.36 and remained not out in all three innings.