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Shreyas Iyer hopes to make chance count

Shreyas Iyer is set to be India’s latest experiment at the no. 4 position. The middle-order batsman has had a stop-start career at International level so far but with the World Cup done and dusted, India could be looking to give Iyer a long run at the position to put an end to the controversies surrounding the spot.

In five ODIs, Iyer has two half-centuries but knows that unless he keeps making the big knocks, his position would be under scrutiny. 

“It’s really important for me as a youngster, coming into the side after a year again to cement my position,” Iyer said ahead of the second one-dayer. “When you have to cement your position, you will be needing opportunities, and I feel that I will be getting that opportunity this time and I will be making the best use of it.”

The first ODI was expected to mark Iyer’s return to One Dayers. However rain played spoilsport and the match was washed out. The conditions aren’t too different for the second One Day match either. Iyer hopes that he finally gets a fair run to make a mark at International cricket. 

“It’s going to be another two opportunities for me to make the best use of. Hopefully, this too doesn’t rain off. We are hardly getting any net practice and matches to play right now. I am eager to go out there and carry forward the momentum which I got from my India A matches,” Iyer said as revealed by Cricbuzz.

With success at India A levels, Iyer knows it is about making his form count. He isn’t too adamant about his position, though. The youngster is prepared to be flexible to suit the team’a needs. But it is likely that he will occupy the no. 4 spot, one which 13 players, including himself, has occupied since the 2015 World Cup without much success.

“We have just come out of T20s, which we won. The way the team is playing currently, it’s totally amazing,” he said. “If one doesn’t perform, the next one raises his hand and he takes the responsibility to take the team through and this is what has been happening throughout the year.”

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About Rohit Sankar

Rohit Sankar is a freelance cricket journalist stuck in a love-hate live-in relationship with the game. To rile him up, mention the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Rohit has been writing about cricket for well over 10 years now, and has written for a variety of news and sports outlets over this time.

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