New Zealand opener Colin Munro was impressed the way Shreyas Iyer leading Delhi Capitals (DC) in the ongoing IPL 2019, saying his captaincy is improving with every game and is a very good reader of the game at such a young age after DC stormed into the second spot in the points table on Sunday.
On Sunday, 14th April, Iyer played with a lot of maturity at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, hitting 45 off 40 balls after quick fall of wickets against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to take the DC to good total of 155 on the board and Munro said his calm and composed attitude is refining his game both as captain and player in the tournament.
Munro told reporters, “Last year he got going, became captain sort of half-way through the IPL. He’s taken the opportunity with both hands now. There is a very calm and collected way that he plays in, which you can see on the field…His captaincy is improving with every game. He is definitely a very good reader of the game at such a young age.”
While spending time traveling around India and only taking part in net sessions, It is always difficult for the players to adapt themselves to different situations, but Munro grabbed his first opportunity of this IPL 2019 with both hands, and contributed 40 off 24 balls in DC’s 39 runs win over SRH, saying he always follows his instincts that make things easy for him here.
The 32-year-old South Africa-born Kiwi continued, “I think it’s up to me, batting in so many different conditions in nets across India, it’s hard to know where your game is. So, you have got to rely on your instincts and past performances. Today it was just the case of ‘see ball, hit ball’ and I was lucky to get a few in the middle. I have to play to my strengths which is trying to be aggressive. Even if the opposition is bowling well, I just have to go out there and stamp my authority. I can’t sit there and defend but have to put pressure back on them. A good batting wicket like it was in Hyderabad helps the way I play.”
He also believes that DC has a great blend of experienced India and international players who are all working hard towards their quest to win IPL 2019.
Munro signed off by saying, “It’s great to see young guys coming in and play with absolute freedom. There is no fear and absolute clarity. Look at someone like Rishabh (Pant), who knows his game whether he is batting at No. 4, 5 or 6, he is going to play the same way. His way is going out there and taking the bull by the horns and that is okay. The beauty of this team is that we have good experienced international players and some Indians also like Ishant (Sharma), the boys on the bench are also working really hard as well.”
(With Cricketnext Inputs)