Shreyas Iyer has been on a tear recently, with four fifty-plus scores and one hundred in his most recent six One-Day International innings. That is some unbelievable form in a variety of settings, ranging from the bounce of the red-soil surface in Ahmedabad to the slow fields in the Caribbean to the biscuit-brown Ranchi surface.
His current performance, which took place on Sunday in Ranchi, was just his second century in One-Day Internationals. However, it was a remarkable one since it assisted India in drawing level with South Africa in the series.
Iyer Has 32 ODIs But Already Has a Great Resume
After 28 innings, he has a batting average of 47.07 and a strike rate of 98.07, both of which are statistics that would earn inclusion even in a full-strength Indian XI.
It is the type of consistency that India has desired from someone who can bat at No. 4 in one-day internationals, particularly since the 2019 World Cup. It will happen when the lack of a good hitter in that position came under heavy criticism following the team’s departure in the semi-final.
The next edition of the 50-over World Cup will take place in only one year. Therefore, India might benefit greatly from Iyer’s triumph. His ability to play well against spin is one of the reasons for his success in this format.
He has a strike rate of above 100 while playing against spinners. Iyer is the powerful square of the wicket and can make effective use of his feet. It was seen by his performance during the one-day international series against South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
On Sunday, he got off to a poor start and played the role of an accumulator when Ishan Kishan switched into his “beast mode” while they were sharing the third wicket partnership for 161 runs.
Iyer Was Disappointed in Losing Kishan’s Hundred
Iyer informed Kishan, who was dismissed for 93, via a conversation on the BCCI’s website that he was sad when Kishan didn’t make his hundred. “[About my] preparation, I simply came and took some pounding yesterday [Saturday].
But I was disappointed when you lost out on your hundred,” Iyer said. “Because you were in beast mode and your zone, I didn’t want to interrupt you because I didn’t want to invade your privacy.
All I wanted to do was chat with you and communicate quite effectively with you. Despite this, we were victorious in the match, and as they say, it takes two to tango. It makes me incredibly glad that we were able to wrap things off on a positive note, and I’m optimistic that you’ll earn a century in the next game.”
Iyer Played His Saved Shots After Kishan Was Out
Iyer let free and played the shots he had been holding back on for the larger part of the knock after Kishan was out of the game. It was a difficult test to face Kagiso Rabada’s speed, but the shot that he played to bring up his century was quite characteristic of Iyer.
He started by shuffle-cutting across the line, and then he backed out to take advantage of the width of the pitch and hit the fast bowler over extra cover. Iyer released all of the emotions that had been building up inside of him as the ball went over the ropes.
He Also Shares His Opinion on Kishan
He then gazed at the sky and let out a shout before recognizing the applause of his teammates and the spectators. Iyer explained to Kishan that the celebration didn’t amount to much and that it simply happened naturally.
“I haven’t settled on how exactly I’ll be celebrating, but I do want to express my gratitude to everyone who came out. They showed up in large numbers, and the energy in the room was positively electric.
I was enthusiastic about the competition, as you indicated, about the wicket, and how it is going to play. I simply applied my thoughts in my head in the same approach, and things ended up working out quite well for me.”
It seems like Shreyas Iyer will come out ahead in the end. To the best of its ability, which is particularly impressive given that it was not chosen for the T20 World Cup.
Iyer has shown via his previous performances that he is prepared to compete in a match should he be called upon at a moment’s notice even though he will be part of the reserves in Australia.