Learnt Art Of Chasing Watching Virat Kohli Bat – Shreyas Iyer
There are no better lessons than learning from the best in the business. The Indian captain, Virat Kohli is the master of run-chases and when the youngsters like Shreyas Iyer rubs shoulder with him, they are bound to learn and improve. The Mumbai batsman has played an instrumental hand in India’s two wins in the ongoing series against New Zealand.
Iyer had scored 58 runs off just 29 balls in the first T20I at Eden Park, Auckland and backed it with another imperative knock of 44 runs off just 33 balls in the second match at the same venue. The right-hander is getting more confident with every match and he has sealed his chances for the much-talked-about number four position.
Iyer has shown the right promise.
Iyer said that he is learned a lot by observing how Virat Kohli goes about his business while chasing a target. Kohli has an impeccable record whenever the team goes after a target and he has taken the team over the line on multiple occasions.
“I personally feel that you have a fair idea of how many runs you are going to chase and at what run-rate you have to chase them. Virat Kohli is the perfect example when he goes out to bat and the way he plans his innings. I learn a lot from him personally, the way he grinds out and he tries to finish the game. That’s the best part about him,” Iyer told media persons after India took 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Not only there is the great Virat Kohli from which Iyer has taken serious notes, but there is also Rohit Sharma, who has been the most consistent batsman for India alongside Kohli. The Indian opener knows how to bat big and Iyer has taken a leaf out of Rohit’s book too.
“(I) Also (learn from) Rohit Sharma, whenever he’s given an opportunity, he makes the best use of it. All these amazing characters in the team set a really good example for us youngsters.
“There’s a lot to learn from them and that’s what I try to apply whenever I go out there. I think that I have to stay not out and it really helps me grind throughout that middle period and when the time comes, I take on the bowlers. That’s how you plan your innings when you are chasing,” Iyer said.
Iyer and Rahul added a pivotal alliance of 86 runs after the visitors lost the key wickets of Kohli and Rohit. The Mumbai batsman understands the importance of rotating the strike at regular intervals.
It was easy peasy in the end.
“You have to play all sorts of shots and take singles. As well as when you want to hit sixes, you have to be aware of the fact that you have to create that moment for yourself. You have to give yourself that time to get set. That’s what I usually do.”
Iyer added there was not much pressure as they had to chase a mundane score of 133 runs and thus score at seven runs/over. Hence, both Iyer and KL Rahul took their time to get going.
“It makes you feel a little composed while chasing 130 because at the back of the mind, you know that you have to maintain a run-rate of about 7.
“And at the same time, you curtail the risk as well. It was very important for us to keep at the back of the mind that we need to keep rotating the strike and when the time comes, we need to take charge on the bowlers.”
The third T20I will take place at Hamilton on 29th February.
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