Indian Cricket Team suffered a humiliating defeat against New Zealand in the 1st ODI. The Black Caps won the match by 7 wickets with 2.5 overs remaining. Shreyas Iyer, the dashing right-handed batter played a fabulous knock of 80 runs in 76 balls where he smashed 4 fours and 4 sixes and made a strong case for himself in the ODI Circuit.
New Zealand showed great fighting spirit as the pitch was not an easy one. The management had taken a bold step by dropping Neesham as he has a knack for being the game changer for the team. The skipper Kane Williamson & Tom Latham stitched an invaluable partnership of 221 runs and made sure that they frustrate the bowlers.
Shreyas Iyer on Batting Spots
Shreyas Iyer was seen interacting with the media and was asked about the batting positions. “Now there are so many options for every position in India’s Playing XI, you know that senior players are there occupying those places and youngsters like you only get the opportunity when back to back series like these are there, so what’s your approach in such situation?” said Shreyas Iyer
“My approach is always optimistic. I don’t like thinking too much about the future. I concentrate on what’s in my hands which is training and as back to back games are happening, i want to ensure that my fitness level is very good. My mindset is to keep performing consistently and be in the present,” said Iyer.
“Players toh aate Jaate rahenge( Players will keep coming and leaving), the consistency is going to matter. So that is my mindset now and accha bura toh hote rahega, upar neeche hote rahta hai har ek ke career mein toh main apne aap ko kisi bhi tarah motivate karte dekhta hun kisi bhi situation me( Things keep changing, everyone’s career sees ups and downs. So I just keep myself motivated in all situations) and I just turn a deaf ear when people are talking outside. I just try to be in my zone and that is what helps me.” he added.
Shreyas Iyer an Asset
The right-handed batter formed a critical partnership of 94 runs with Sanju Samson when the team was in a state of bother at 160-4. The batter showed immense control and made sure that the team didn’t panic.
Sanju Samson would rue the fact that he couldn’t convert his start into a big one. The wicket-keeper batter scored 36 runs in 38 balls. The management would be happy that the batting unit got some valuable runs under their belt.