IND v AUS 2020: Wary of competition, Shreyas Iyer willing to bat at any number

Shreyas Iyer was demoted to No.5 in India's ten-wicket defeat in Mumbai in the first ODI.

Shreyas Iyer | GettyShreyas Iyer doesn't mind batting at any number for India as long he is in the side, trusted to do a job by the team management. The 25-year-old right-hand batsman had to move down to No.5 when skipper Virat Kohli decided to bat at No.4, ensuring that in-form opener KL Rahul retains his position in the line-up despite Shikhar Dhawan's comeback, in the first ODI versus Australia in Mumbai on Tuesday (January 14). 

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Iyer, who had been making the No.4 position his own since the World Cup in UK, failed at the Wankhede stadium, scoring just 4 runs before being dismissed by Mitchell Starc in India's ten-wicket defeat; however, he realises, he can't complain; it is about doing what is best for the team and accepting another challenge. 

"In this situation, you should be ready to bat at any number because it is really important to play in the team, (considering) the competition which we have now right now," Iyer told reporters before the second ODI in Rajkot on Friday (January 17). 

India is trying out different options in the build-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia this October. 

"We can’t give any reasons of batting at any particular number," said Iyer. "Yes, it is really important for us to be focused and not to cry about why we haven’t been batting at a similar position. 

"Experimentation is something we are looking forward to. Hopefully, we will get a good number for each batsman."

"This is the time we should try and experiment things and hopefully it will work-out in the future," he added. 

(Inputs from PTI)


By Kashish Chadha - 16 Jan, 2020

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