Shreyas Iyer delivers with authority on India return

Shreyas Iyer scored a fifty against West Indies, his third in just six ODI innings.


When India were at 101/3 in the 23rd over against West Indies on Sunday, it looked like wickets would tumble at regular intervals.

But in walked Shreyas Iyer, who last played a One Day International match in February last year, and made it look like he had never left.

"It's really important for me as a youngster, coming into the side after a year again to cement my position," said Iyer, who also plays for NaMo Bandra Blasters in the T20 Mumbai league.

Teaming up with captain Virat Kohli, Iyer forged a 125-run partnership for the fourth wicket that ensured that the match at Port of Spain was in control of the visitors.

While the prolific skipper scored another century, Iyer posted a solid 71 off just 68 balls, with 5 fours and a six, in what was his return match in ODIs. It was his third career fifty in just six innings.

He was eventually bowled in the 46th over as he attempted to up the run rate but he had grabbed his opportunity.

Coming off a solid India A series against West Indies A last month, where he scored 187 runs and two fifties in four List A matches at an average of 62.33, Iyer capitalised on his experience and delivered.

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