Shreyas Iyer has said that he is comfortable at any number of batting and flexible enough play at any position as the Indian team management asks for. Here it is worth mentioning that the team management’s search for a reliable number hasn’t come to an end it seems like it will continue for long.
Shreyas Iyer who is a part of the Caribbean Island tour has tough competition from K L Rahul and Risabh Pant over next two ODIs against the West Indies. “We have got no idea. It’s the management’s decision. I can not go and say, I want to bat at number four and they would put me in that spot. It’s not like,” Shreyas Iyer said when asked about the spot of problem and confusion.
The number four spot has been a big headache for Indian cricket since long and it doesn’t look like it will get any solution any time soon. India struggled for and most possibly lost the ICC World Cup for this space and will continue to struggle in the remaining two games of the three-match ODI series.
What else did Shreyas Iyer say?
“It’s going to be a vacant spot and they are going to try and give chances to all the players in that position. Currently, no one is convinced with that position,” the player stated at the pre-match press conference. “Personally, I am not thinking about batting only at no 4. I want to be someone who is very flexible batting at any number or if you go into any situation you should be able to grab that opportunity and make the best use of it.”
Shreyas Iyer has a couple of half-centuries on his name in the five ODI innings he has played so far. He is returning to the team after a year and is very excited and eager to give the best of his capabilities to gain the most out of this golden opportunity. On Saturday, the training session was interrupted by rain on the eve of the second ODI.
But despite lacking enough practice Iyer got the confidence from his India A stint in the Caribbean. It’s here needed to know that there he is the third-highest run-scorer in the one-dayers with 187 runs in four innings.
“It’s going to be another two opportunities for me to make the best use of it. Hopefully, this also doesn’t rain off. We are hardly getting any net practice. I am eager to go out there and carry forward the momentum which I got from my India A matches. Looking forward to a good series finish.”
The first ODI in Guyana was washed out after only 13 overs. When Iyer was asked about switching to ODIs from T20Is, Iyer gave a reply that India has the momentum going into this series coming off a 3-0 sweep in the shortest format.
“The momentum is always on our side. The way the team is playing currently, it’s totally amazing,” he stated. “If one doesn’t perform the next one raises his hand and he takes the responsibilities to take the team through and this is what has been happening throughout the year.”