India were bowled out for 252 in the first innings of the second Test at Bengaluru, with Shreyas Iyer scoring 92 at number six. The Indian bowlers responded by restricting the opposition to 86/6 in their first innings, with the Indian pacers having a significant influence.
Shreyas Iyer utilised his feet and batted with attacking purpose on a track that was spinning large and where the other Indian batsmen struggled, falling just 8 short of his second Test tonne. In his innings, the tailenders blasted 10 fours and four sixes, which accounted for the bulk of his runs.
Iyer talked to the press after the first day’s play and discussed how the Bengaluru track performed. He said that since the surface favoured spinners more than pacers, he took the decision to play aggressive cricket rather than defensive and negative cricket.
“As you can see from the guys that protected the ball, there was a lot of opportunity of nicking, and the wicket had a lot of bounce.” On that wicket, you can’t simply keep protecting the ball while playing adversely. When you get onto the pitch, you must have that optimistic mindset. The pitch isn’t very good. On the Chinnasamy track, Iyer stated, “It’s certainly bowler-friendly.”
Shreyas Iyer: The Fifty Felt Like A Century
Iyer reached fifty runs with a six that sailed over the stadium’s roof. What followed was an outburst from the right-hander, who removed his helmet and thanked the audience. In the presser, he also explained the cause for his joy.
“Fifty seemed to me to be the equivalent of a century. That’s why I threw a big party. Iyer said, “It was like a century sensation for me.”
He also said that a tea break conversation with the coaches aided him in playing the manner he did. In his innings, he hit 14 boundaries, including an almost 100-meter six.
“Because I got into bat just before tea, the first five balls were quite tough for me.” I was apprehensive at the moment and wanted to get through those two overs as quickly as possible. After that, I came in and we spoke with the coaches what I’d want to do and plan on the wicket. “I’m pretty satisfied with how nicely I did it,” the batter remarked.
Shreyas Iyer ended his news conference with a remark about missing out on another Test century. Praveen Jayawickrama dismissed him after luring him with a flighted delivery, while Niroshan Dickwella baffled him when he failed to execute the big shot.
“I’m sorry I didn’t score a century, but as a team, we went to over 250, which is a respectable total on this wicket.” Iyer said, “I have no regrets.”