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Cricket   |   November 12, 2019

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Shreyas Iyer: Pep talk helped India win T20Is

How India came back into the game against Bangladesh – Shreyas Iyer (Cricket)
Cricket player Shreyas Iyer has revealed that the team’s skipper, Rohit Sharma’s pep talk made India won the T20Is clash against Bangladesh in Nagpur.

Recall that India won the series after coming from a loss to beat the visitors 2-1. The host defeated Bangladesh by 30 runs in the final match to clinch the title.

Iyer on Sunday starred with the bat while Deepak Chahar became the first Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. India was about to lose the series after posting 174 for five, as the visitors were strong in the chase. Recall that India had lost two early wickets. The visitors were 110 for two in 12.5 overs and were on course for a shock win.
Iyer, during the post-match conference, admitted that the team was “feeling the pressure” before Rohit Sharma exploit.

“We were feeling the pressure. We know that they are a really good team. There’s no team in T20 that we can underestimate. And in the last two games we have seen that the quality of cricket they have been playing was really mesmerising,” the right-handed batsman said.

While nothing that India was a little lethargic at the start, he said when they started going all thanks to the pep talk.

“Rohit called all the players inside the circle, and he gave us a pep talk, which was really inspiring. After that, we were all determined to win the game,” he added.
Iyer was top of his game after Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to field in Nagpur. After Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were out early, Iyer and KL Rahul started the comeback for the host by stitching a 59-run partnership for the third wicket.
With his knock, including three consecutive sixes, the right-handed batsman said scored 62 runs with just 33 balls.

He further stated that the over in which he hit three sixes changed the momentum of the match.

“Otherwise, we would have got 150, and that would have been a really tough total too difficult on this wicket. Yeah, I would give myself credit, playing that role. It was important for one of the top three batters to stay at the crease till the 15th over,” he added.

Next for both teams is a two-match Test series slated for on Thursday at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

 

Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed