“A game or two is not going to define Iyer”- Abhishek Nayar backs Shreyas Iyer to bounce back in 2nd ODI vs AUS
Shreyas Iyer got run out for just 3 runs in 1st ODI vs AUS in Mohali.
The first ODI game between India and Australia saw a clinical performance from Indians in both departments. India won the toss and asked Australia to bat first. They did well with the ball in the first innings. Apart from a few batters, Australia looked clueless with the bat. They ended up getting all out for 276 in 50 overs. David Warner (52) scored a fifty, while Steve Smith (41), Marnus Labuschagne (39), Cameron Green (31), Josh Inglish (45), and Marcus Stoinis (29) all got starts.
For India, Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowler who ended up recording his career-best bowling figure of 5/51. As a result, he was also adjudged Man of the Match. Chasing the score, India got off to a brilliant start, with both openers scoring 142 runs in just 21.4 overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad got out after scoring 71 off 77. But as soon as the opening stand was broken, India lost a few quick wickets.
“Expect Shreyas Iyer to come back from this” Abhishek Nayar
Shreyas Iyer was the second wicket to go. He was making his comeback after an injury and got run out for just three runs. It was a suicidal run, and he had only himself to blame. It was a good track to bat on, where other Indian batters batted well. It can be said that Shreyas Iyer missed an opportunity to play a big innings. Former Indian star Abhishek Nayar reckons the same, and he would bounce back.
In a discussion on Jio Cinema, Nayar said that Iyer made a mistake, but being a professional cricketer, he is expected to bounce back well in the next game. The former star stated, “He has come back before as well, and I am sure he is going to be in a relaxed space. He knows he has done well over a period of time. A game or two is not going to define Shreyas Iyer. It’s just about him finding that one inning. Iyer has done it for India in this format.”
India chased down the target with five wickets in hand and made 281/5 in 48.4 overs to win the game and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Shubman Gill (74), Suryakumar Yadav (50), and skipper KL Rahul (58*) all scored half-centuries, and India won the game comprehensively. This was only the third instance when four Indian batters scored a fifty in an ODI innings. The second ODI will be played on Sunday in Indore.