‘Have you seen how many pull shots I’ve scored’

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India stretched their winning streak to seven in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, as they defeated Sri Lanka in Mumbai, on Thursday, November 2. Notably, the hosts trumped the 2011 World Cup runner-ups by a massive 302-run margin. This was, in fact, the second-biggest winning margin in terms of runs in the history of the marquee event.

Shreyas Iyer’s form was a bit of a concern coming into the clash against the ‘Lankan Lions’ as he had managed to score just one half-century in the first six matches. However, the hometown hero showed his class with a bludgeoning knock of 82 off 56 deliveries, hitting three fours and six sixes, respectively. There were many questions surrounding Iyer’s ability to play the short ball but the 28-year-old. However, he said after the match that playing the short ball wasn’t a problem for him.

“When you say it’s a problem for me, what do you mean? Have you seen how many pull shots I’ve scored, specially which has gone for four?” Iyer said at the post-match press conference.

“You know if you try to hit a ball, you’re bound to get out anyway whether it’s a short ball or overpitched. If I get bowled two or three times, you all would say he can’t play an inswinging ball, he can’t play if the ball is seaming. You guys have created that mahol [feeling] outside that he can’t play a short ball, and I feel that people are picking that up every now and then and it plays on your mind regularly and you keep working on that,” the Mumbai-based batter further added.

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