India exhibited a poor show with the bat in the first T20 against England on Friday. The fans were left disappointed that they could only manage to score 124 runs in the first innings. Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer was the only shining light in the batting lineup. While wickets kept falling at regular intervals, Iyer spent time in the middle and accelerated when he got set. He scored a valuable 67 runs off just 48 balls, including 8 fours and 1 sixes.
Iyer came into bat at number five in the first T20 on Friday. Rishabh Pant was sent ahead of him which raised quite a few eyebrows. At the post-match conference, Iyer was asked about his change in the batting position, to which he said that a batsman needs to be flexible and ready to play according to the situation.
“Coming into the Indian team, you have to be flexible with which batting position you will be batting. I haven’t made any changes, it is just the mindset, what the team requires and batted according to the situation,” Iyer said.
“It was a challenging situation, we had to keep playing the natural game and keep ticking scoreboard irrespective of losing early wickets.”
“I have been in this situation before, been there in IPL, it is not the first time. I knew I will get odd boundaries, and momentum changes if get a partnership, and then batters dominate bowlers, so from that point of view, their bowlers bowled well. It was their day and kudos to them,” Iyer said.
Iyer also shed light on India’s new approach as far the batting is concerned. He doesn’t seem to be worried and asserted that India won’t change their new batting philosophy and continue batting in the same way.
“Definitely, it won’t change because if you see the batting line-up we have and the power-hitters down the line, we don’t have to change anything, to be honest.”
England currently leads the three-match T20I series by 1-0. The next T20 will be played on Sunday at the Narendra Modi International Stadium.