Team India swashbuckling batsman Shreyas Iyer believes that he has successfully secured India’s number 4 batting slot and hence debate on the same should end.
The 25-year-old Mumbai batsman added that he feels good about securing the slot but would not mind batting on different positions if the situation demands.
“I have told this in many interviews. There should be no more questions asked about India’s number 4 batting slot. If someone has played on that position for a year then he has secured that spot. Good feeling about securing the number 4 spot. You need to be flexible but I feel I can bat at any position depending on the condition,” Shreyas Iyer said in an Live Instagram session with Delhi Capitals,” Shreyas Iyer told in an Live Instagram session with Delhi Capitals.
Shreyas, who had earlier told that he regrets missing the chance to play in the 2019 World Cup, has batted for India consistently at the position after quadrennial event ended for India with a semifinal loss against New Zealand.
Since the start of 2018 Shreyas Iyer has batted at the number 4 position on 9 occasions, scoring 398 runs at an average of 56.85. Ambati Rayudu, with 464 runs in 15 matches, is the only batsman to have scored more than Iyer. Many batsmen including Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik have been experimented at that position but non could impress as much as Shreyas Iyer.
Shreyas Iyer came into the limelight after being picked by Delhi capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils) in 2015. Iyer fetched as much as Rs 2.6 crore in the auction but an unfortunate finger injury had threatened to jeopardise his entire debut season.
The doctor had advised Iyer to not play any matches but coach Garry Kirsten insisted him to play and from there on the batsman went to score 439 runs in that IPL edition with a broken finger. Shreyas Iyer also received 2015 IPL’s Emerging Player of the Season award for his very impressive run in the tournament.
“I scored 439 runs with a fractured finger. Garry Kirsten said you can hide somewhere in the field and bat for us. He wanted me to play. I could have done anything for the team. Not many know about this story.”
The Delhi Capitals captain also talked about his maiden international century which came against New Zealand in the 2020 ODI series in the island nation. Iyer said that he had wished of scoring a hundred the day before after watching the names of players on the Seddon Park’s Wall of Fame.
“When I scored that century, the day before I saw the names on wall of fame, I saw Shikhar Dhawan’s name as well. I too wished of having my name there. The next day I scored a hundred,” Shreyas Iyer recalled.
The young India batsman talked very highly of his India captain Virat Kohli. Shreyas Iyer compared Virat Kohli to a ‘lion’ and added that he has the enthusiasm of a debutant in every match.
“Virat Kohli is a role model for all the youngsters in the team. The hunger he shows is great, he is like always playing like his first match. He is like a lion, his energy never goes down.”
When talked about his dressing style, Shreyas Iyer opined that everyone should experiment. Iyer, who has played 18 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India till now, revealed that he wanted to be better dressed than his friends from his college days.
“I used to think that I have to be better dressed than my friends in college. The fashion had just started. I regret watching few of my old pictures, thankfully I am in good hands now and hopeful I don’t face any wardrobe malfunction. It’s good experimenting in life,” Shreyas said.