IND vs WI: Very hard on Shreyas Iyer on not making it to playing XI, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs WI: India white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma has admitted that Shreyas Iyer’s exclusion from India’s playing XI in the first T20I against West Indies was hard for him.
In the first T20I, Shreyas Iyer did not play, and Rohit revealed that the management spoke with Shreyas about why he was being left out, and that in the end, it is all about the side’s balance.
“Someone like Shreyas Iyer is sitting out, very hard on him not making it to playing eleven. But we needed someone to bowl in the middle which is why we couldn’t get him in. It’s always nice with that kind of competition going around. And a lot of the guys are missing out as well. I’m happy to have that kind of challenges rather than not having players available and not in form,” Rohit told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“We were very clear with Shreyas and we told him we want that option going into the World Cup. Guys do understand what the team wants and all these guys are professionals and they do understand that team comes first. Once everyone is available it’s something we need to sit down and understand,” he added.
India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the opening T20I at Eden Gardens on Wednesday, with Ravi Bishnoi’s two-wicket haul and excellent performances from Rohit Sharma (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (34*). Ishan Kishan contributed 35 runs for the first wicket and was part of a 64-run first wicket stand.
“Lots of things to take into consideration and sometimes it can be very tough on the guys missing out. But we want to make sure that we give out a clear message with guys performing needs to get that run and we want to put the team first. I have been talking to him (Ishan) for a long time now. When he was playing with Mumbai Indians in the middle order which wasn’t his natural position,” said Rohit.
“We saw in Chennai when the pitch was slow he wasn’t able to get going. We just want to make sure that we give him that confidence with what he needs to do. And look to find that odd boundary in the middle. It’s just about rotating strike in the middle and with Ishan. It’s just about getting some game time and wearing the blue and playing for India. There’s too much pressure. It’s our job to make sure that whenever he steps in he’s quite comfortable,” he added.
Nicholas Pooran had earlier shined with the bat, scoring 61 runs to assist West Indies reach 157/7. Ravi Bishnoi and Harshal Patel each took two wickets for India.
India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Therefore, the second T20I will be played at the same venue on Friday.