Cricket-India’s Iyer supports bowlers to succeed, avoid playoff sweep


Dec. 1 (Reuters) – Batsman Shreyas Iyer backed the Indian bowlers to secure Wednesday’s third and final international game against Australia in Canberra in the tour team’s goal to avoid a sweep of the series.

Australia largely beat India in the opening two games of the 50 plus format in Sydney, pocketing the three-game streak with one game to spare.

The hosts’ batsmen posted 374-6 in the first ODI and put the Indian bowlers to the sword once more in the second, amassing 389-4 for comfortable wins.

“If you see the workload that they put on in the IPL (Indian Premier League) playing 14 games continuously and after that staying in quarantine is definitely on your mind,” Iyer told reporters on Tuesday.

“And that plays out with every individual on the team, not just the bowlers. I’m sure they are world class bowlers and with the mindset they have they will definitely come back stronger in the next game.

“I really believe in them and the coaches who have worked with them.”

The Indian batsmen have done relatively better, racking up over 300 totals in their two pursuits and Iyer said the team is looking at the positives in the two losses.

“Obviously the bowling was not up to par, but I’m sure the bowlers are really positive with their work ethic … we’re very determined to go and win the next game and make sure we not having a clean sweep, ”Iyer said.

The 25-year-old got into an awkward position as he faced a short delivery in the opener to go out for two, but looked better on his 38-shot in the second.

Australia have sought to target him with a short bowling alley with close field players around him and Iyer enjoys the challenge.

“I really know they planned against me, so I’m really happy at least that they come up with a plan to get me out,” he said.

“I feel very overwhelmed and I take it as a challenge because I thrive under pressure. It really motivates me to go against them.”


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