I want to stay in the team for a while: Shreyas Iyer

After his 68-ball 71-run knock against West Indies in the 2nd ODI in Trinidad on Sunday, India‘s middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer is hoping to get an extended run with the Indian team. This was Iyer’s first ODI appearance in nearly 18 months, and he made it count, adding 125 runs with skipper Virat Kohli, as India went on to post 279/7.

“I want to stay in the team for a while, the consistency is always important, I want to play well and contribute to the team,” said Iyer.

Iyer credited the his familiarity with the Caribbean pitches, as he was part of the India A team, prior to the national call-up that kept him in good stead in the second ODI.

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“It was a fruitful day. I knew I was going to do well, I played for India A and I played in these grounds, paced my innings well and think it went well,” said Iyer, who was part of the playing XI in the first game, which was washed out after 13 overs at Guyana.

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On the partnership with Kohli, who notched up his 42nd ODI ton, Iyer was to follow his skipper’s lead.

“I decided that I wouldn’t take any risks, Virat told me that we needed to build a partnership and take the innings deep,” said the 24-year-old, adding, “He supported me very well, we took the ones and twos, hit the boundaries when it came. We decided 250 was a good score, obviously we got 30 runs extra. He told me to bat at least until the 45th over, I am thankful for what I managed.”

India will take on West Indies in the third and final ODI on Wednesday.