As Team India are playing against South Africa in the first of the three-match Test series, Team India batsman Shreyas Iyer has shared his experience of the debut Test series against New Zealand. However, he came in place as the regular captain Virat Kohli didn’t take part and he grabbed the opportunity well.
Notably, Iyer smashed a hundred in his first Test innings and a fifty in the second too. However, while speaking about his debut knocks and how he plays every ball, Shreyas Iyer said in an interview with Indian Express:
“I always walk into bat with a clear mind. When you’re batting, you can’t have your mind cluttered with too many things and plan your next shot before the ball is delivered. I believe in treating each ball on its merit and that is how I play all formats.”
He further added: “Yes, you are eager and have a positive nervousness for your first run but at that moment, I just wanted to trust myself on each shot I was playing or attempting.”
Moreover, Shreyas Iyer also opined on not playing first-class cricket for three years before his debut in the longer format. He, however, was confident about his technique as well and also stated that he want to keep things simple as well.
“I have had considerable experience in the Ranji Trophy circuit where I have developed certain processes around my technique. So, I didn’t try to over-complicate things. I just focused on the processes and mindset that have worked for me in the past,” he added.
Shreyas Iyer also opened up on the positives about Rohit Sharma’s style of captaincy. He added that everyone gets to share their opinions under him and said that Rohit is ‘calm and collected.’
“Rohit has his own brand of leadership. He’s very calm and collected and that rubs off on the team as well. He’s quite chilled out and encourages everyone, including youngsters, to share their views,” Shreyas Iyer concluded.