India was suffering in the no. 4 spot selection in the batting lineup in limited-overs for quite some time now. Now it looks somewhat sorted after Shreyas Iyer played 3 back to back knocks to provide India the confidence in him. He played a scintillating 44 run innings in the final ODI against Australia to clinch the series. Now he played two match-winning knocks in the first two T20 of the innings to give India 2-0 load.
Iyer played with a strike rate of above 100 in all the three innings. All his innings helped India to chase down the target comfortably. He played an innings of 58 not out off 29 balls in the first T20 against New Zealand. it helped India to chase down a massive target of 204 comfortably.
Shreyas Iyer credited Virat Kohli as his chase mantra
When the reporters asked Shreyas Iyer about his key to chasing targets, he put forward captain Virat Kohli as his example. “I feel that you have a fair idea of how many runs you are going to chase and at what run-rate you have to chase them. Virat Kohli is the perfect example when he goes out to bat and the way he plans his innings. I learn a lot from him, the way he grinds out and he tries to finish the game. That’s the best part about him,” the Mumbaikar told the reporters after India’s 2-0 series lead.
Virat Kohli averages around 82-plus while he is chasing targets in T20’s. On the other hand, he averages 35 when he is batting first. In the ODI’s his average is around 69 while batting second and he averages 50 in the first innings.
Iyer also learns a lot from Rohit Sharma
Iyer also went on to say that he learns a lot from vice-captain Rohit Sharma. The opener can destroy any bowling attack on his day. “Also (learn from) Rohit Sharma, whenever he’s given an opportunity, he makes the best use of it. All these amazing characters in the team set a really good example for us youngsters.”
“There’s a lot to learn from them and that’s what I try to apply whenever I go out there. I think that I have to stay not out and it helps me grind throughout that middle period and when the time comes, I take on the bowlers. That’s how you plan your innings when you are chasing,” Iyer concluded.
Iyer is still in the growing stages of his career. In his short career, he averages above 46 while chasing and 16.62 in the first innings in T20’s. He also has a better average chasing target in ODI’s (60-plus) compared to batting first (around 39).