IND vs WI: Venkatesh Iyer is a mature cricketer, he reads situation really well, says Rishabh Pant

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IND vs WI: Venkatesh Iyer is a mature cricketer, he reads situation really well, says Rishabh Pant
IND vs WI: Venkatesh Iyer is a mature cricketer, he reads situation really well, says Rishabh Pant

IND vs WI: Venkatesh Iyer is a mature cricketer, he reads situation really well, says Rishabh Pant

IND vs WI: India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant said young batter Venkatesh Iyer is a “mature cricketer” who “reads the situation well.”

On Friday, India won the second T20I of the three-match series against West Indies by eight runs at Eden Gardens. Pant (52) and Venkatesh Iyer (33) scored important runs in the second T2oI to help India reach 186/5 in 20 overs.

“When you come down the order, you know the situation. He (Iyer) is someone who reads the situation really well. We talked about keeping it simple and not trying too many things. The plan was simple, see the ball, hit the ball,” said Pant in the post-match press conference.

“He (Iyer) is a mature cricketer. He used to play down the order for MP. Yes, in the IPL he is opening, but we can’t be thinking too much about that. In the Indian team, we are just trying to find different positions for different people.

“We are focusing on giving chances to everyone, where we see them fit for the team. And we are trying to take it forward from there,” he added.

In the last over, West Indies required 25 runs, and Rovman Powell hit two sixes in the third and fourth deliveries. Harshal Patel, on the other hand, remained calm and led India home.

“After getting hit for two sixes, the talk was to try bowling outside off, but then he ultimately backed himself. There’s obviously pressure in the game, but as individuals, we tend to not think too much. And just focus on our skill rather than thinking too much,” said Pant.

When asked if Harshal considered as a designated death bowling option, the India wicket-keeper batsman said the team is looking to explore as many options as possible.

“There’s still time for the World Cup, so the plan is to try out as many options. And create as many positions as possible. So we’re trying too many options, whatever seems right for the team would be decided,” said Pant.

With this win, India has taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with the third T20I set for Sunday at Eden Gardens.