The Indian middle-order batter, Shreyas Iyer has shared his opinion on India’s conservative approach upfront in limited-overs cricket, saying one cannot play like the T20s straightaway in fifty overs. Iyer, who played a decent knock of 76-ball 80, said 306 for 7 posted by India was a commendable total but the visitors were blown away by the unconquered 221-run fourth-wicket partnership between Latham and Williamson.
New Zealand managed to chase down the target of 306 set by India with almost 3 overs to spare in the first ODI of a three-match series at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.
Talking to the reporters after the 1st ODI, Shreyas Iyer said, “We can’t play in the T20 mode straightaway in fifty overs because there is more time. One can plan his batting by looking at the wicket and deciding in his mind what a par score would be. One needs to adapt. Fifty overs can change from time to time. Sometimes there can be sunset, there can be dew at other times and you don’t know how the wicket will play.”
The marathon chase was powered by a stunning ton from Tom Latham and the skipper Kane Williamson’s undefeated 94. The duo chased the target owing to a brilliant partnership of 221 runs for the 4th wicket and went 1-0 in the series. Shreyas Iyer lauded Kane Williamson and Tom Latham and heaped praise on the way they tackled the chase.
Talking about the same, Shreyas Iyer said, “They played fantastic knocks. They knew which bowlers to target. The way Latham took off in that over, I think that completely shifted the momentum towards them. He wanted to come in and build that partnership.”
He further added, “Since they have been playing together for so many years, I am sure they know their strengths and weaknesses pretty closely. I believe that partnership completely changed the scenario of the game and that was a crucial phase for us to get the wicket. If we had got one wicket, we would have been under the skin and the situation would have been completely different.”