‘It’s the first of many’ – Shreyas Iyer after maiden ODI century

Ever since his comeback into the Indian workforce after the 2019 World Cup, Shreyas Iyer has been amongst the most constant batsmen in the facet, flying underneath the radar maybe given the exploits of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

In 9 ODIs since August 2019, when Iyer returned to the workforce, he has averaged 53, with a strike fee of 104.95 (the finest amongst Indians who’ve confronted at the least 100 balls since then). In 16 T20Is in the similar interval, Iyer has an average of 33.40 at a strike fee of 138.01. He is positioned third and fourth on the highest run-scorers’ lists for ODIs and T20Is respectively since August, and quietly, Iyer has turn into an vital member of a batting line-up he could not break into only a 12 months in the past.

Iyer has at all times had confidence in himself, so when his first ODI century did not lead to a win for India, he was unperturbed.

“I am very happy but if it had ended on a winning note I would have been even happier. But it’s the first of many, so I’ll take it in my stride and see to it that in the next matches, I finish on the winning side,” Iyer mentioned at the press convention after India’s 4-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the first ODI on Wednesday.

That India misplaced regardless of placing on a mighty 347 for 4 did not trigger any undue angst inside the facet.

“We just sat and everybody was in their own zone. It didn’t matter to be honest. It’s just a loss and we have faced that before as well in our life,” Iyer mentioned. “It’s not that we are facing it for the first time. So everybody is in their normal zone and it’s not something that hasn’t happened before. We’ve got that confidence in our team and in ourselves that we are going to bounce back strong. We have done in the past, so we’ve just got to take the positives from this game and move forward.”

“It’s just a loss and we have faced that before as well in our life. We’ve got that confidence in our team and in ourselves that we are going to bounce back strong.”


Iyer gave credit score to New Zealand’s batsmen for looking down a tall goal, whereas additionally explaining how the floor at Seddon Park in Hamilton had modified as the recreation went on. Iyer’s personal innings began slowly; he took 10 balls to get off the mark and he was on 11 off 28 at one level, having joined Kohli with India 54 for two in the ninth over. He ultimately ended with 103 off 107, and shared stands of 102 for the third wicket and 136 for the fourth wicket in underneath 17 overs, with Rahul.

“The pitch had become very good in the second innings. It was coming onto the bat and the dew factor also played an important role in this game,” Iyer mentioned. “They batted very well, so credit score has to undoubtedly go to them for the chase.

“It (the ball) was stopping and coming,” he said about batting in the first innings. “There was a variable bounce on the wicket, so we (Kohli and he) simply determined that we have to take this part and construct a partnership. I’m actually glad we took that scenario utterly out and had a partnership of 100, me and Virat. That arrange momentum for the subsequent batsman who got here in and we ended up scoring 348 (347) which is a very good whole. I’m actually joyful the means I deliberate my innings. I used to be protecting affected person and I had that self-perception that after I cross a sure mark, I’ll be capable to cowl all the balls I performed as dots.

“Talking about KL Rahul, he’s been batting magnificently well. The way he’s seeing the ball… the time he came in and hit his first six, I literally asked him on the field, ‘Are you seeing the ball like a football?’ He just nodded and laughed. He’s been in tremendous touch and there’s lots to learn from him as well, as a batsman, the way he really plans his innings and then takes on the bowler.”

Iyer additionally defended India’s fielding, which has seen a number of lapses and dropped probabilities on the tour of New Zealand, each in T20Is and the lone ODI to this point.

“Everybody goes through a bad day,” he mentioned. “I personally really feel we’re an excellent fielding facet, and now we have to try to hit the goal (stumps) in order that we create that momentum on the area. We must cheer up the bowlers and all the fielders have be there in the recreation. So all these overthrows and all, it is half of the recreation as a result of the bowlers hold pondering of what they will bowl the subsequent ball, and at the similar time, it is the fielders’ duty to again up clearly.

“There are one or two situations that occurred in the earlier recreation, there’s quite a bit to study from that. Obviously we’re working arduous on our fielding, it is not that we’re simply giving up on the area. Even if you happen to see that there are some locations we have to enhance, now we have been doing very well. We have taken some wonderful catches and run-outs on this recreation.”

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