IND vs SL: We talk about staying in the present during team meetings, says Shreyas Iyer
IND vs SL: India batter Shreyas Iyer has spoken about how each member of the team concentrates on being in the moment and how it is a topic of conversation during team meetings.
India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the second T20I on Saturday, thanks to Shreyas Iyer’s stunning fifty and Ravindra Jadeja’s 45 in 18 balls.
“I feel when I do that, the body reflexes work well and I can time my movement well. That’s why I backed away (on the ball that nearly bowled him). But he bowled it well, full and the swing took it away from the stumps. I was in shock when I saw the replays myself. It was important for me to time the ball – it was swinging and seaming. Ishan started well, but when he got out, Sanju got us going. And when he was dismissed, Jaddu bhai came out to close the match for us,” Iyer told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“I wasn’t really thinking (asked if Lahiru Kumara should have given an extra over), focused on myself and at the present. That’s what we always talk about in the team meetings. When I faced the first few balls, I realised it wasn’t turning (on the spinner). So I knew I could use the feet, the ball was travelling well. So I could step out on the lofted shots,” he added.
India also sealed the two-match T20I series (2-0) with one game remaining. On Sunday, the third T20I between the two teams will be played.
India’s chase for 184 got off to a poor start when skipper Rohit Sharma dismissed in the first over. As the batter edged the ball onto the stumps, Dushmantha Chameera removed Rohit. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer put on a 35-run stand in the sixth over, but Lahiru Kumara removed the batter. The innings then carried by Shreyas and Sanju Samson, who accelerated at the ideal time to get close to the target.
Binura Fernando took a one-handed catch to dismiss Samson in the 13th over, reducing India to 128/3. In the second T20I, though, Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer (74) led India to a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka. In 25 balls, Jadeja and Shreyas put on a crucial 58-run stand.