When Shreyas Iyer, who was out on short balls in the initial matches of the World Cup, was questioned in this regard, he gave a sharp reply to the reporter.
In the match against Sri Lanka, three Indian players scored big but in the end could not complete their century. One of them is Shreyas Iyer, who batted in the middle order and scored an inning of 82 runs on 56 balls. In the press conference after the match, Shreyas got angry at the reporter when asked about playing short ball.
Iyer, who returned to the team after being injured, was seen getting out on short balls in the last few matches. After the match against Sri Lanka on Thursday, when the reporter asked Iyer about the problem he was facing with the short ball, he did not give a defensive answer but gave a very sharp answer.
Reporter: I wanted to ask, the short ball has been a problem for you since the beginning of this World Cup and today we saw some great pull shots. How prepared are you for the next match against South Africa because we know how good they are at short balls.
Iyer: You’re saying there’s a problem for me, what do you mean by that?
Reporter: No problem, but it has bothered you.
Shreyas Iyer: Bothered me? Have you seen how many pull shots I’ve hit? Especially those who have gone for fours. If you are trying to hit the ball, you are bound to be out. Be it a short ball or an over pitch. If I get bowled two or three times, you all will say, okay, he can’t play the in-swing ball.
See, we are bound to get out on any type of ball the player bowls. You guys have created such an environment out there that he can’t play the short ball and I think people are picking it up again and again and it keeps going on in your mind.
Iyer said, “It’s just that when I go to hit some shots, I am sure to get out and sometimes it may work, sometimes it may not work. Most of the time it didn’t work for me, which is probably why you think it’s a problem for me. But in my mind, I know there is no problem.”
Iyer wanted to bat aggressively from the beginning
Shreyas Iyer had entered the match against Sri Lanka with the aim of batting aggressively. “It was on my mind right from the beginning because I was getting a great start in the first few matches,” he said. I wasn’t able to take advantage of what I was achieving. I just told myself that if it’s in my area, I’m just going to take the bull by the horns. Yes, fortunately, it worked for me and I hope it will continue to work for me in the future. “Okay, because the team is in great shape right now.”