‘It’s the only place you can pace the inning’: Shreyas Iyer picks his ideal T20I batting position after SL Series heroics | locust

Shreyas Iyer capped a sensational T20I streak against Sri Lanka at home, scoring a game-high 204 runs at a strike rate of 174, interspersed with three unbeaten half-centuries. But all of his scoring came at bat at No. 3, where former India captain Virat Kohli bats, adding to a happy headache for the team’s management. And on Sunday, after India’s third straight home win in the T20I, Shreyas revealed his ideal batting position in the team was No.3 as he can pace innings well from that position.

Shreyas managed to find a place in the T20I roster after Kohli was given a bio-bubble rest by the selectors ahead of the third T20I against West Indies. He scored 25 of 16 in that game and scored a hat-trick of unbeaten scores in half a century against Sri Lanka to win the player of the series award.

“I don’t hold any expectations from myself or the coaches of the team because if you see the competition in our team, it’s huge. Every individual is capable of winning you games. Personally, I want to enjoy every moment and opportunity, which I was provided with. I like to finish games and that’s like my mindset every time I go out on the field,” he said at the post-conference. -match.

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Asked about his preferred batting position, given India will have Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant back for the next round, Iyer picked No. 3.

“Obviously in this format, the top three is the only place you can pace your innings pretty well. Otherwise, if you beat the order, you can’t give yourself the time you need to start leaving. of the first ball.

“So yeah, if I had to say the best number to beat for me personally, obviously it’s No. 3,” he said.

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The performance in the series has also brought him closer to booking his seat on the flight to Australia for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, but Iyer remains unfazed by the competition in the team and prefers to “treasure “His good form.

“I personally want to cherish this moment, I had really good totals in the series,” Shreyas, who scored 204 points on a 174 strike rate, said in postgame media interaction. Sunday night.

“I want to relax a bit, give myself time and not think beyond because it’s something that if I start thinking from the start, I won’t be able to concentrate when I play on the pitch. So I’m just staying in the moment now.”

However, when asked directly about the World Cup selection, Iyer said: “I think it’s a mistake to think about that now.

“I can’t talk about cementing my place because, as I also mentioned earlier, the competition is huge.

“You have to be flexible in terms of hitting in any position or in any given situation.

“So my mindset is just, you know, to take as many opportunities as possible and make sure to maximize the use of them.”

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