AB de Villiers Slammed Shreyas Iyer’s Approach: Team India’s middle-order batsman, Shreyas Iyer, recently stated that he plans to approach the upcoming home Test series against England with a positive mindset.
Iyer expressed his desire to play attacking cricket regardless of the match situation. Responding to these remarks, former South Africa captain AB de Villiers suggested that such a mindset might not be suitable for red-ball cricket.
AB de Villiers Slammed Shreyas Iyer’s Approach
Speaking in his latest YouTube video, De Villers said:
“I absolutely love watching this guy play. He is geared to play in those England Test matches with a positive mindset. I don’t think there is a lot correct in the statement that you’re just going to play positive no matter what situation you are confronted with. That’s not how Test cricket works. But he’ll figure it out himself.”
In international cricket, Shreyas Iyer’s recent appearance was in India’s two-match Test series against South Africa. Unfortunately, he struggled to make a substantial impact with the bat, accumulating just 41 runs across four innings.
He has not been included in the squad for the ongoing three-match home T20I series against Afghanistan.
De Villiers expressed his opinion that Shreyas Iyer will comprehend this aspect better as he gains more experience playing Test matches, indicating that the young batsman will likely adjust his approach with time. He said:
“I think mentally, you need to think in a positive manner. I’m going to come out here today. I’m going to play the match-winning innings. But Test cricket just doesn’t allow you to bat positively for a whole day. That’s the beauty about the game, you need to be able to adapt to certain situations and conditions. Sometimes you need to earn the right to play more attacking, and that’s what Shreyas will certainly find out as he gets a bit more experience in Test cricket.”
In the recently concluded Ranji Trophy 2024 match against Andhra, Shreyas Iyer represented Mumbai. His performance in the game saw him score 48 runs at a run-a-ball pace.