Shreyas Iyer will bat at No. 4    Getty Images (File Photo)
Shreyas Iyer will bat at No. 4 Getty Images (File Photo)

In the much-anticipated T20I opener between India and New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla, Black Caps have opted to bowl. With dew being a factor later on, Kane Williamson has backed his batsmen to chase against India’s impressive bowling attack. The big news from the center is Shreyas Iyer makes his debut, and Ashish Nehra is all set to don the Indian jersey for the last time in what is his farewell match. In addition, skipper Virat Kohli has also revealed that Iyer will bat at No. 4.

From the horse’s mouth

“I think I have been very consistent in the past three years. I have learnt to back myself and trust my game. I was just practicing at BKC (Bandra-Kurla Complex) when I was informed by journalists about my selection. Honestly, I wasn’t stunned.

With Rahul sir (Dravid), I have learned a lot. He is really professional and backs youngsters. If he identifies temperament, he supports you all throughout. I will be planning to pace my innings but it won’t be easy”, stated Iyer ahead of the first T20I.

Iyer will be confident of piling runs at Feroz Shah Kotla. He has played at this venue in Indian Premier League (IPL) representing Delhi Daredevils (DD) since the past few editions.


Nehra will be hanging his boots after the end of the first T20I. The 36-year-old will be putting an end to his 19-year-long career; spanning across 6 skippers. Nehra has been very successful in the shortest format ever since he made a comeback in early 2016.

Nehra will be eager to end on a high playing on his home ground; Feroz Shah Kotla. So far, he has attained 34 wickets in the format; third most by an Indian.