Virat Kohli lauded the impact Shreyas Iyer has made in the Indian middle order after the men in blue completed a 2-0 ODI series win over the West Indies.
Virat scored his second successive ton to steer India to a six-wicket win over the Windies in the third ODI in Port of Spain.
That match was reduced to 35 overs per side and the hosts posted 240-7, which was revised to a target of 255 under DLS method.
Kohli hit 14 boundaries during his knock of 114 not out from 99 balls and was well supported by Iyer who smashed five sixes as he made 64 from 41 balls.
The India skipper said Iyer is as hungry to score and make an impact as he was earlier in his career.
“He understood the value of performing in these situations,” Kohli said . “It will only boost his confidence further. I was exactly the same when I came in – any opportunity I got I wanted to win games for my team and play according to the situation and you have to take risks. He was brave under pressure. You need to reveal your game to realise who you are, what your game is and what kind of a player you are.”
Kohli said Iyer, who hit his second straight fifty, has put his hand up to cement a spot in the Indian middle order.
“Both times he was batting with me, I’ve been around for a while, and he wasn’t intimidated at all, he was very confident, very sure of his game. I think that is great to see, hopefully he builds on to this and keeps performing like this for the team.
“Today we were under a bit of pressure, I think Shreyas, the way he played took all the pressure off me and I could just play with my usual tempo and control the game from one end.”


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