A 2-1 ODi series win against Australia, followed by a 2-0 lead in the New Zealand T20 series. The past couple of weeks have been absolutely tremendous for Team India, and one thing that factors in Kohli and the squad’s brilliant performance on the field is the young run machine Shreyas Iyer. The youngster has been in marvellous form against the Kiwis, and compliment comes straight from the team’s batting coach Vikram Rathour.
Along with Team India’s newly discovered gem KL Rahul, it was Shreyas Iyer’s swashbuckling 58-not out in the first T20 that helped the visitors chase down the mammoth target of 204 at the Eden Park stadium last Friday.
Speaking at a recent interview, the team’s batting coach and former international Vikram Rathour was full of praise on the coming of new age players in the team.
“This new generation of cricketers is incredible. I find it amazing actually that they turn up and they are at their best straight away across different format, different grounds and different countries actually. The amount of time they took to get settled was outstanding actually” Rathour told reporters.
The 50 year old, who represented India in 6 Tests and 7 ODI internationals, became the team’s batting coach last year. Continuing on Rahul and Iyer’s entrance in the squad, Rathour said: “Having seen KL (Rahul) and Shreyas as young cricketers coming through, in my mind, I have absolutely no doubt that they are match-winners. They are getting their opportunities now and they are showing the world what they are capable of, that is great to see.”
Since his debut for India in limited overs cricket back in 2017, Iyer has been prolific on the 22 yards. Along with his match winning 29-ball 58, followed by a score of 44 runs from 33 balls in the second T20 on Sunday, the 25 year old Mumbaiker’s attitude on the pitch is promising a bright future for the starlet, according to Rathour.
“Apart from having those (batting) skills, I think the mind set is amazing. He (Iyer) believes he is a big player, and he is, without any doubt. He genuinely believes that he is a match-winner and he is here to stay. And that mind set I think helps him, that is the biggest advantage he has,” Rathour added.
Tomorrow is the 3rd match of the T20 series at the Seddon Park cricket ground.