The right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer expressed his displeasure on the way he was dismissed in the second ODI against West Indies yesterday(24 July).
Shreyas Iyer on Post-match Press Conference of Second ODI vs West Indies
Shreyas Iyer played a crucial role in building the partnership following the skipper’s dismissal for 13 runs. Winning the toss West Indies decides to bat first and scored 311 runs for 6 wickets in 50 overs.
While chasing, team India struggles to build an opening partnership as they did in the first ODI. Skipper Dhawan who scored 97 runs in the first ODI lost his wicket to Romario Shepherd while scoring just 13 runs.
Following his dismissal, Shreyas Iyer joined Gill and was expected to lead the team but K Mayers dismissed Gill for 43 runs and went on to dismiss Suryakmar Yadav for 9 runs in his back-to-back overs.
“I was really happy with the score which I got today but really unhappy with the way I was dismissed. I thought I could have taken the team through easily but very unfortunate with the wicket. Hopefully, I score a century in the next game,” said Shreyas in a post-match press conference.
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Shreyas Iyer then ongoing hands with Sanju Samson builds a crucial 99 runs partnership which leads India to score past 178 runs for their next wicket. Though Samson and Iyer made crucial runs under pressure, it was Axar Patel to steal the show and spotlight.
“We lost two back-to-back wickets for 60 and from there we had to rebuild. Sanju came in and showed a lot of intent. I was already batting and had faced around 20 balls. So, me and Sanju knew what we had to do. Sanju faced a few balls and then he took on to the spinners,” said Iyer.
“He hit them for two sixes and suddenly the momentum shifted towards us and from there, we built on the partnership,” he added.
The batter further praised all-rounder Axar Patel for his great knock, which took Team India through the finishing line. Axar Patel scored an unbeaten 64 runs from 35 balls and led India to seal the series by winning 2 matches of 3 match ODI series.
“It was fun, to be honest. We all were sitting together and Rahul sir was getting tensed. He was passing on the message. But yeah, I think a lot of players showed really good emotions out there. They were really calm and composed during the pressure situations,” said the batter.
“Since we have played so many games now, so we have seen such emotions and it was just a normal game for us. I think we did pretty well, especially Axar. Outstanding knock,” he added.
The final ODI match of the series will be played on July 27 in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST / 01:30 PM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL with toss at 30 minutes prior.