India captain Virat Kohli was all praise for the Mumbai batsman after his blazing knock in the 3rd ODI.ttmum
For the second successive match, Shreyas Iyer scored a fighting fifty against the West Indies that not only ensured India were in the driving seat but also left captain Virat Kohli impressed.
Chasing a revised Duckworth–Lewis target of 255 in 35 overs in the third One Day International at Port of Spain, Iyer walked out to bat in the 13th over with the visitors rocked at 92/3 and Kohli at the other end. The asking rate at the time was 7.29 runs per over.
"He understood the value of performing in these situations," skipper Kohli said. "It will only boost his confidence further. I was exactly the same when I came in -- any opportunity I got I wanted to win games for my team and play according to the situation and you have to take risks."
Iyer – who played for NaMo Bandra Blasters in T20 Mumbai - made a steady start to his innings, opting to settle down before he could start his chase. He scored just five off his first 11 balls, but 60 off his next 30 at a strike rate of 200.00 and a run rate of 12 per over.
"He was brave under pressure," Kohli pointed out. "You need to reveal your game to realise who you are, what your game to realise who you are, what your game is and what kind of a player you are."
He eventually fell for 65 off just 41 balls at a strike rate of 158.53, with 3 fours and 5 sixes, four of those maximums coming in the space of 11 deliveries for the Mumbai batsman. It was his fourth fifty in just seven ODI innings and back-to-back after he scored one on his return to the Indian team on Sunday.
During the course of the knock, he put on 120-runs for the fourth wicket in just 94 balls with Kohli, who added another masterful ton to his tally. It was the second straight 100-run partnership for Iyer with the man in charge.
"Both times he was batting with me, I've been around for a while, and he wasn't intimidated at all, he was very confident, very sure of his game," Kohli observed. "I think that is great to watch, hopefully he will build on to this and keep performing like this for the team.
"We were under a bit of pressure, I think Shreyas, the way he played took all the pressure off me," he added.
India went on to win the match by six wickets and with 15 balls remaining and sealed the series 2-0.