Iyer was happy to face the Indian pacers only in the nets
Mumbai, Nov 3, 2023 (BASS/AFP) : Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer feels lucky to only have to deal with the Indian pacers in the nets. Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer made such comments after making an important contribution to the big win against Sri Lanka in the World Cup yesterday. With yesterday’s victory, the host India confirmed this year’s World Cup semi-final as the first team.
India bowled out Sri Lanka by 55 runs in just 20 overs in the match held in Mumbai yesterday. As a result, the host team confirmed the semi-final of the tournament as the first team with a huge victory of 302 runs. With this, the team led by Rohit Sharma has won all seven matches of the tournament.
After Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj returned four wickets to the Lankans for just 3 runs, another Indian pacer Mohammad Sami picked up 5 wickets with 18 runs.
Iyer, who scored a tournament-high 82 with 3 fours and 6 sixes before becoming the fifth victim of Madushanka, told reporters, “I feel lucky not to have batted against the Indians in the previous match and today. But it’s true that we beat them in the nets.” bat against That gives us extra motivation to play against any kind of bowlers.’
Iyer said, ‘From the beginning, the plan was to play the right way. Because despite getting off to a great start in the previous few matches, I couldn’t enrich my collection. I failed to capitalize on opportunities.
But today I told myself, if I get a chance, I will push myself forward like a bull. Fortunately: I got that opportunity. Hope it will continue in future. Because the team is in great form at the moment.’
‘Play for the team’
Virat Kohli, a member of the Indian team who won the title by defeating Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, scored 88 runs yesterday. He missed the opportunity to touch Sachin’s record of 49 centuries. As Shubman Gill was dismissed for 92 runs, the hosts were able to score 357 runs for eight wickets against the Lankans. However, Iyer has no regrets for not scoring a century. He said, ‘This is a stage where you play for the team. You don’t play just for personal gain.’
Meanwhile, the 1996 champions Sri Lanka have ended their hopes of playing in the semi-finals of the World Cup with this fifth defeat in seven matches.