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Shreyas Iyer in search of centuries

‘I was happy with what I scored but unhappy the way I was dismissed’
Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer
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Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 26.07.22, 03:47 AM

Shreyas Iyer made 63 off 71 balls batting at No. 3 in the second ODI against the West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday and played a pivotal role in India’s series-clinching two-wicket win. Yet, he is not satisfied with his effort.

“I was happy with what I scored but unhappy the way I was dismissed. I could have taken the team through easily. I was setting up the total and it was unfortunate that I lost my wicket. Hopefully, I can do better and score a century in the next match,” Shreyas, who scored 54 in the series opener, said.

“It’s really fortunate to get to fifty (back-to-back), but I should have converted into hundred because I had got a good start. You don’t get these kind of starts again and again in international cricket and converting as many fifties to hundred is very beneficial. I thought today (Sunday) was a great chance to do that,” the 27-year-old added.

3 formats are a lot: De Kock

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock says it will become difficult for players to participate in all three formats of the game if more games continue to be added to the sport’s packed schedule. England all-rounder Ben Stokes recently announced his retirement from ODIs because of cricket’s cramped schedule.

“It’s going to start being tough for players — three formats are a lot and it looks like more games are happening over the calendar,” De Kock told reporters in Headingley on Sunday after their ODI against England was abandoned due to rain. “Players need to make decisions individually and if they feel they can do it (play all three formats), I am happy for them. But guys need to take decisions into their own hands.” The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman announced his retirement from Test cricket in December, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

“I’ve been roped in to play a couple of leagues but that’s my own consequence,” De Kock said. “I am happy to do it. “It’s still a sacrifice but I’m slowly getting to an age where I need to think about where I want to be in my career. As long as I can do it at my own pace then I am happy.” In an interview to The Telegraph during the IPL, De Kock also agreed there was a chance that more players would switch to franchise cricket while giving up playing for their country. “Yes I definitely think so... I think anybody in these sort of situations would do it. It’s hard to say ‘no’ to some of the contracts that are put forward compared to what your country gives you. So it’s natural that this will happen. That’s the way it’s going to go.”



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