Shreyas Iyer has said that due to his consistent performance in the past one year, he has sealed the number 4 position in the white-ball format of the game. There had been numerous speculations and debate on who will be set for the fourth position after Dhoni.
The young cricketer from Mumbai is mostly remembered for his terrific performance against New Zealand this year where he scored one century and two half-centuries and became the top run-getter of the Test series.
“If you have been playing for India at that position for a year now that means you have sealed it. There should be no more questions asked about it,” Iyer said in an Instagram chat hosted by Delhi Capitals.
Iyer scored 217 runs in the series which is the most by an Indian No 4 in a three-match bilateral series. He said, “When the debate was going on about No 4, performing at No 4 and completely sealing the position was really satisfying.” “But when you are playing for India, you need to be very much flexible at any position or whatever the team requires. I feel I can bat any position depending on the situation,” he added.
Shreyas was dropped out of the World Cup but was called for the Caribbean Tour. He struck back-to-back half-centuries at No 5 in Port of Spain in their 2-0 win.
Iyer Admires Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli was reminded of his younger days. Kohli complimented Iyer saying he was “exactly the same”.
“It’s really a phenomenal feeling when he talks or compliments his teammates… He’s a role model for all the youngsters out there,” Iyer said. Describing Kohli, he said: “Whenever he goes out on the field it feels as if he’s playing his first game. He’s never tired, always energetic like a lion. You see a different body language when he enters the ground, something great to learn from him.”
He also recalled his debut season in 2015 where he played with a fractured index finger and ended up getting 439 runs. “It was a dramatic season. During the season after the third game, I fractured my index finger and thought I won’t be able to play anymore,” he recalled adding how head coach Gary Kirsten egged him on.
“But Gary said ‘we really need you’. He wanted me to play and told me ‘hide somewhere while fielding and just bat for us’.
“I could have done anything for the team. To score those many runs with a fractured finger was like a dream come true. Not many know about this story.”
Shreyas Iyer got the captaincy of Delhi Capitals when Gautam Gambhir had to leave midway. The team was in a struggling position and Iyer led the team gracefully in the playoffs after seven years.
“I knew the situation would come and it would be thrown at me. I was prepared. Really enjoyed the responsibility coming at top. We’re youngsters, fearless and showed a lot of maturity as well,” he said.
“We had the sense of belief in ourselves and team. Our aim was to make the play-offs. We had this one goal in our mind — to give our 100 per cent. Results didn’t really matter. Once we knew we did our preparation, we should not get bogged down and regret. We trained really hard and that stood out pretty well,” he added.
Though the team lost the playoffs last year, the fans saw a spark and a certain chance that they might go a distance and it worked in their favour.
“We did and proved that we’re capable of winning the IPL. Hope the fans give the same energy this year. We don’t know what will happen or will it be held closed-door… Hopefully, we will win the trophy this year,” he concluded.