India vs Australia 3rd ODI – Big Statement by Shreyas Iyer, ‘IPL 2020 Workload impacting performance’ : Team India batsman Shreyas Iyer has blamed heavy workload in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2020 for the flop show, especially by the bowlers, in the ongoing ODI series in Australia.
“If you see the amount of workload bowlers have gone through in the IPL, playing continous 14 games and then after that coming here and staying in quarantine, so it defintely plays in your mind. And it plays with every individual, it’s not just the bowlers,” Iyer said during a media interaction a day ahead of the third and final ODI to be played at the Manuka Oval.
“But I am sure they are world class bowlers and with the mindest they have, they will definitely comeback stronger in the next game. I really believe in them and the coaches who would be working with them and I’m really happy with the work ethics that our bowlers have shown in the practice,” he added.
India lost the three-match ODI series after they were outplayed in the first two ODIs by 66 runs and 51 runs respectively at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI: Iyer claims that that the kind of practice wicket they were given to train during the quarantine period was totally different from the one in the match
“We had just arrived from Dubai. In Dubai, there was not as much bounce as it is in Australia. And where we were practicing that was a very different wicket than from the one in the match — it was a completely different wicket,” Iyer said.
“Getting acclimatised to conditions as a batsman takes some amount of time. It is like a challenge. You have to adjust as quickly as possible, irrespective of the conditions and atmosphere in the ground,” the no. 4 batsman added.
Team India will now take on Australia on Wednesday at 9:10 am IST in the dead rubber but the Men in Blue will still have a lot on stake as they will eye to avoid the consecutive ODI series whitewash after losing 3-0 against New Zealand in February.
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson.
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.