In a stunning batting display, Shreyas Iyer notched up another century in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, delivering an impressive 105 runs off 70 balls against New Zealand. This remarkable feat marked his second consecutive century in the tournament, following his earlier hundred against the Netherlands. Iyer’s innings against New Zealand showcased an assertive yet controlled batting style, featuring four boundaries and an impressive tally of eight sixes.
Following Virat Kohli’s record-breaking spree, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI century record, Shreyas Iyer reached his century in just 67 balls. As he celebrated his milestone, a video surfaced of Rohit Sharma mimicking Iyer’s celebration in the dressing room, quickly becoming a viral sensation on social media. Amid celebrating Iyer’s feat, the playful moment showcased Sharma mimicking Iyer’s unique celebration style, adding a touch of humour to the match.
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‘He Is A Fearless Captain’: Rohit Hails Iyer
Reflecting on Rohit Sharma’s influence, Iyer acknowledged while talking to Star Sports, “Rohit sets the template, gives us the starts where we have to just go and carry forward from the base he gives. He is a fearless captain. You can see that in his body language and it’s kind of infectious, rubs off on all the players.”
Speaking about support from the team management, he mentioned: “It is pivotal, coming from the captain and coach. I did not have a great start to the World Cup. They told me not to worry about the outside noise, we are backing you, so you just got to go out there and express yourself.” When discussing handling pressure, Iyer shared, “To be honest, in pressure situations, you tend to get nervous but at the same time it is also fun playing in front of so many people and if you perform they lift you up.”
Regarding intense practice sessions against quality bowlers, he said: “It is definitely intense. We see to it that we play the most difficult bowler. Whenever Bumrah comes with the new ball I face him because you know it’s going to be difficult and it helps you for the matches.”