IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir mesmerized by Shreyas Iyer's blow
Shreyas Iyer played a masterclass knock against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Shreyas Iyer doesn’t possess the stature of a power-hitter and prefers to time the ball rather than muscling them away, unlike an Andre Russell or Chris Gayle, who believes in hitting the ball hard. However, he displayed some tremendous muscle-power during Delhi Daredevils’ contest against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
On the penultimate ball of the fifteenth over, Iyer backed away, cleared his front leg and smacked Russell for a humongous six over the extra cover region. He didn’t mind taking the aerial route and to hit a bowler, who clocks decent pace, in front of square over the off-side boundary isn’t a piece of cake. However, he made the stroke look effortless.
The thumping stroke by Shreyas Iyer
It was more of a slap, rather than a proper cricketing shot, but the result was what mattered the most. It was a short of length delivery, wide outside the off-stump and deserved to be treated in the manner it was dealt with. The ball speared into the dugout as the players took evasive action. Meanwhile, the ferocity of the shot left Gautam Gambhir bemused and he clapped for him from the dugout.
Iyer was on 37 runs off 25 balls at that stage and needed to get a move-on in order for the Daredevils to post a mammoth target on the board. The pitch was friendly for batting and Delhi had to put forward their A-game and they did the same with sheer disdain. Iyer went hell for leather and scored 93 runs off 40 balls, which took the sting out of the Kolkata Knight Riders attack.
The stroke was the beginning of the carnage which unfolded in the next few overs. The Mumbaikar went from strength to strength and outdrew anyone and everyone who stumbled onto his path. He eventually notched the highest score by a skipper who is debuting in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Here is the video of the same
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