I told Jason Roy to not try to be cheeky: Shreyas Iyer

I told Jason Roy to not try to be cheeky: Shreyas Iyer

Man of the Match Jason Roy took the game to the very last ball of the match.

Jason Roy and Shreyas Iyer
Jason Roy and Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Daredevils celebrate after winning an IPL 2018 match against Mumbai Indians. (Photo by IANS)

Delhi Daredevils registered their first victory in their third match of the season against Mumbai Indians. The home side MI posted a dominating total of 194/7 in 20 overs. Delhi never looked on the back foot as they chased down the target in the 20th over with seven wickets remaining, courtesy Jason Roy’s unbeaten 91-run knock.

After the match, DD batsman Shreyas Iyer attended the press conference. He was asked about his batting position and the combinations the team management brought in to stitch a perfect batting order. Ricky Ponting played his part in sending Glenn Maxwell ahead of Iyer.

“Well, I am always ready to bat in any position. You’ve got to be ready for any position you’re put up. I was supposed to come in at No. 3. We had discussed that if Jason gets out, I would go in and if (Gautam) Gambhir gets out, Rishabh (Pant) would be going in,” said Iyer as quoted by SportStar.

“Gambhir got out and he (Rishabh) had come out. They continued the partnership and had a brilliant partnership, Rishabh and Jason. Suddenly there was a patch in between where you know you’ve got to close down the run chase and (Glenn) Maxwell was the best man to go in at that time. Even I could have gone but Ricky (Ponting) believed more in Maxwell. It’s part and parcel of selection.”

Iyer reveals the final over message

Man of the Match Jason Roy took the game to the very last ball of the match. DD needed 1 run off the final four balls of the match. Roy took a single off the final delivery to take his team to victory. Iyer revealed the message he gave to Roy in the final over.

“He batted more than me, so he had a better idea about the wicket. I just told him to hold his position. He was hitting the ball really well, so I told him to not try to be cheeky and that he could easily clear the boundary. I asked him to hold his position and smash the ball. Nothing major!”

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