IND vs SL: Shreyas Iyer knew he was stepping into big shoes of Rahane, Pujara, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs SL: India thrashed Sri Lanka by 238 runs in the Day-Night Test match here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, completing a clean sweep of Rohit Sharma’s first Test series as captain.
The Indian hitters struggled to bat under the lights under difficult conditions, but Shreyas Iyer’s offensive approach paid off handsomely as he top-scored for India in both innings, reaching 92 and 67 respectively. His outstanding performance earned him the ‘Player of the Match’ award as well as his captain’s praise.
“Shreyas just carried on from where he left off in the T20 series against Sri Lanka. He seemed to carry that form into the Test series. Also he knew he was stepping into the big shoes of guys like Rahane and Pujara, but he has everything that he requires. He will be better now when he starts traveling,” said Indian captain Rohit Sharma.
At the previous match in Mohali, Ravindra Jadeja was India’s star performer with both bat and ball.
“We have seen Jadeja grow as a batter and he seems to get better and better. He strengthens the team, and he’s also improving as a bowler. And he’s a gun fielder, so he is a complete package,” told Rohit Sharma.
Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper batsman, recorded the fastest Test half-century by an Indian in a Test match with a score of 39 off 26 balls in the first innings, surpassing Kapil Dev’s record of 30 balls set against Pakistan in Karachi in 1982. Pant was also responsible for five dismissals during the game. His overall performance in the series helped him the title of “Player of the Series.”
“Rishabh seems to get better with each game that he plays. Especially in these conditions. We saw it in the England series (last year) and now. A couple of catches and stumpings showed how confident he is,” said Rohit Sharma.
India was playing its third Test match on home soil, and they had already won the first two.
“It’s been a good run and I have enjoyed it personally and as a team. We wanted to achieve a few things as a team, and we have done that. Pink-ball Tests are challenging. We never knew what it was like to play with the pink ball in India, but we are learning to make those adjustments. The crowd just makes it more special,” told Rohit Sharma.