Shreyas Iyer On Difficulty Facing Short Deliveries, Batting At No.3

Shreyas Iyer On Difficulty Facing Short Deliveries, Batting At No.3

Indian batsmen are not the best at facing short deliveries. This is no new fact. Through generations, India has had batters who have struggled against short deliveries. The reason for is the type of pitches in India. India does not have pitches where the bowlers can ball lethal short deliveries. Nor do they have the pace to trouble the batters with it. Due to this reason, Indian batters never really get prepared for this particular problem. Sachin Tendulkar adapted his technique against short deliveries after he entered the international circuit. But some batters never can.

Suresh Raina has now reached the end phase of his career. However, the left-hander struggled against short deliveries throughout all his cricketing years. While at the later stage, he didn’t give away his wicket to it. But he never really managed to punish the seamers for bowling at that length. The same seems be the problem with our current India middle order batter Shreyas Iyer. It was highlighted in his tours of Australia where he never got going.

In the recent tour of England, Iyer struggled again as his head coach of KKR, Brendon McCullum, revealed the tactic to his bowlers. The 27-year-old acknowledges this shortcoming of his, and said that he is working actively with India’s Head Coach(Rahul Dravid) and Batting Coach(Vikram Rathour) to overcome this problem. Further, he added that he loves to bat at No.3 position and it is perhaps the best position to bat for any specialist batter in ODIs.

No.3 Is A Fun Position To Bat At – Shreyas Iyer

“Obviously, whatever hard work you do has to be off the field,” Iyer said, of his work against the short ball. “What you see here is only the reward. I love working hard. I’ve been working very hard lately. The wickets and conditions change, matches keep coming back to back. You have to be fit, you have to motivate yourself. My mindset is that I will control the controllable, only then I can execute.

I have been working with them [Dravid and Rathour] for many years. We talk technique and temperament on a match-to-match basis. Situations change. When we have team meetings, everyone talks. We don’t come to a conclusion but learn from each other’s views. It’s a good conversation between us. Rahul sir has been supportive throughout, he doesn’t put much pressure on the mind.

No. 3 is one of the best positions in ODIs,” he said. “You go in at a tough situation if the openers have fallen. Then you have to see off the new ball and build an innings. But if the openers have started well, you get to carry forward the momentum and ensure the run rate is maintained. It’s a fun position to bat at and I really enjoy it.”


Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.