Shreyas Iyer: Our plan is to attack ‘even if we keep losing wickets’

India are prioritising firming up their plans for the 2022 T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia in October-November, over the outcomes of bilateral T20Is. That is what Shreyas Iyer stated after India misplaced the second T20I in opposition to South Africa in Cuttack to fall 2-0 behind within the five-match sequence.

“Our most important goal is clearly the World Cup, so we have now to see to it that we plan in the direction of it,” Iyer stated. “So we have now that type of mindset the place we’re utterly free and never enthusiastic about the rest. These are the precise video games the place we will practise what we had been missing previously. That is what we maintain discussing within the staff assembly as properly. It doesn’t matter what occurs, no matter plans we talk about within the staff assembly, we have now to execute these. Even when we fail, we are going to study from that and develop as a participant and develop as a staff. In order that’s extra essential until we attain Australia.”

A type of plans is for batters to maintain attacking even when wickets are falling on the different finish. That technique was on show within the first T20I, the place virtually each Indian batter threw his bat round to take India to 211 for 4.

“We now have made this plan that we are going to maintain going it doesn’t matter what occurs,” Iyer stated. “Even when we maintain dropping wickets, it is our gameplan and sooner or later too, we are going to go in with the identical mindset. We’ll again ourselves and again our instincts.”

Nonetheless, on a tough Cuttack pitch on Sunday, the Indian batters failed to attain freely regardless of attempting onerous. Finally, they might publish solely 148 for six, which did not show to be sufficient.

“I really feel if one thing we might have completed on this wicket is taking part in till 11 to fifteen overs,” Iyer stated. “However on the similar time you might want to maintain the scoreboard ticking additionally. If I look again, I believe 160 might have been a extremely good rating on the board to place them below just a little little bit of strain however we had been round 12 runs brief.”

Iyer additionally stated that India wish to use Dinesh Karthik primarily within the final 5 overs. They misplaced their fourth wicket within the thirteenth over and Axar Patel walked in forward of Karthik. Axar managed solely 10 off 11 balls. Karthik got here out with 37 balls left within the innings however he too struggled to attain rapidly. He was on 9 off 16 balls at one level earlier than ending on 30 not out off 21.

“It is positively one thing we have now strategised earlier as properly. We had seven overs left and Axar Patel is somebody who can take singles, who can maintain rotating the strike. And we did not require somebody to return in and begin hitting from ball one at that time of time. Even DK [Karthik] can try this clearly however DK has been a extremely good asset for us after 15 overs the place he can come and straightaway slog the ball. Even he discovered it tough to begin properly right this moment. Clearly, the wicket performed an enormous function in right this moment’s recreation, however we will likely be utilizing this technique within the subsequent video games as properly.”

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