Learnt chasing targets from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma: Shreyas Iyer after Auckland heroics
Shreyas Iyer has been a revelation as India’s new No.4 as the youngster has been finishing off matches for his side in such a manner that it looks India have finally found the missing piece in their middle order jigsaw puzzle. His ability to bat under pressure as also taken the pressure off Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on the top.
In the 5-match T20I series opener against New Zealand in Auckland, Iyer walked out to bat with India still needed 62 off 40 balls with senior batsman Virat Kohli at the other end. However, the skipper got dismissed with India needed 83 off 53 balls. In absence of any experienced player, Iyer, in an uber-cool fashion, smashed 26-ball half-century to see India home.
On Sunday, when Iyer came in to bat, the visitors were in trouble as Kohli and Rohit Sharma got out in the Powerplay. But Iyer was at it again, taking his time to settle in and then taking the Kiwis bowlers to the cleaners to score 33-ball 44 and help India take a 2-0 lead in the series.
After helping India complete another successful chase, Shreyas Iyer conceded that he has learned the art of chasing from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
“I personally feel that you have a fair idea about how many runs you have got to chase and at what run rate you will chase them. Virat Kohli is the perfect example. He plans his innings, I learn a lot from him. Personally. The way he grinds out and tries to finish the game and also Rohit Sharma. Whenever he gets the opportunity he makes the best use of it. All these are amazing characters in the team. They really set a good example for the youngsters. There is a lot to learn from them. I think I have to remain no-out and that helps me grind out the middle-period and when the time comes you have to take on the bowlers,” Iyer said at the post-match press conference.
“It is really important in the middle-order, especially in T20Is, that you are able to play all sorts of shots. Singles as well as sixes. You have to aware of the fact that you have to create that moment for yourself, you have to give time to yourself to get set. that what I usually do.”
Opener KL Rahul scored his 2nd successive T20I fifty as he helped India chase down 133 with 15 balls to spare. Rahul and Iyer were involved in an 86-run stand off 67 balls.
Talking about batting with Rahul, Iyer said, “Either of us had to stay till the end. Since we knew they were going to bowl three on the trot I said, you got to stay till the end as I am really confident playing the spinners. I have done that in the past as well. So, it was a good challenge and it was important to not lose the wicket. Our communication was really good apart from the running between the wickets.”
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