Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer has lashed speculations over his inability to play bouncers following Team India’s thumping victory over Sri Lanka on Thursday (November 2) in the World Cup 2023.
In the post-match press conference, when asked about his struggle against the short deliveries, Iyer hit back at critics by stating that he has scored many runs and has no problem facing the bouncers.
“When you say it’s a problem for me, what do you mean? Have you seen how many pull shots I’ve scored? Specially which have gone for four. You know if you’re trying to hit a ball, you’re bound to get out anyway irrespective it’s a short ball or an over-pitched delivery.”
The right-handed batter also blamed media for creating such atmosphere outside the field. He also said that he knows how to tackle shot ball as he has played majority of his game at Wankhede Stadium, which offers extra bounce.
“You guys have created the atmosphere outside that he can’t play a short ball and people are picking that up regularly. Coming from Mumbai, especially from Wankhede where the bounce is pretty much more than other pitches. So I know how to tackle it.”
Shreyas Iyer shows his range against Sri Lanka
Shreyas Iyer came to Team India’s rescue against Sri Lanka after the Men in Blue lost wickets in quick sessions. He ensured scoring runs at a healthy strike-rate while holding one end.
Iyer smashed 82 runs off just 56 deliveries with the help of three fours and six sixes, including a 106m hit. His knock helped India post a mammoth total of 357 at the end of the first innings.
In reply, the Lankans never seemed in the game as the Indian pace battery wrapped them up for just 55. With this victory, India atop the points table with 14 points in seven games and confirmed their semi-final berth.