Shreyas Iyer scored a quickfire fifty while batting at No 5.
Team India started their five-match T20I campaign against England with a rather forgettable defeat. Apart from Shreyas Iyer, no one could score much, including Virat Kohli who went for a duck. However, Iyer’s 48-ball 67 helped India put up a 124-run total on the board after their top-order collapsed.
On the other hand, India’s total wasn’t enough as England chased down the target with eight wickets and 33 balls to spare. Iyer, who usually bats at No 4, came to bat at No 5 as the team management decided to send the young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant ahead of him. But he could manage only 21 whereas Iyer smashed one of his career-best innings so far.
While speaking in the post-match virtual press-conference, Shreyas Iyer shared his views about the change in his batting position, citing that a batsman needs to be flexible and he should play as per the situation.
“Coming into the Indian team, you have to be flexible”: Shreyas Iyer
“Coming into the Indian team, you have to be flexible with which batting position you will be batting. I haven’t made any changes, it is just the mindset, what the team requires and batted according to the situation,” Iyer added.
“It was a challenging situation, we had to keep playing natural game and keep ticking scoreboard irrespective of losing early wickets. I have been in this situation before, been there in IPL, it is not the first time. I knew I will get odd boundaries, and momentum changes if get a partnership and then batters dominate bowlers, so from that point of view, their bowlers bowled well. It was their day and kudos to them,” he again shared.
Shreyas Iyer further opened up and said that Team India will continue to play more freely but they will also focus on executing the plans they have keeping the T20 World Cup in mind which is scheduled to take place later this year.
“We have come with a plan and we have to execute as much as possible because going into the World Cup we need to see to it that we have ticked all the boxes. This is a five-match series, so it is a perfect time that we try different stuff and see what suits us,” Shreyas Iyer concluded.