Virat Kohli-starrer Group India was upstaged by Bangladesh in the second ODI by 5 sudden spikes in demand for Wednesday.
India staged a remarkable comeback thanks to the batting heroics of Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer.
But Bangladesh ended the visitors’ hopes by winning the final-over thriller at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
Veteran Indian captain Rohit Sharma played a blinder against Bangladesh despite suffering a terrible thumb injury in the series finale.
Senior gloveman Dinesh Karthik praised the Indian skipper, saying that Rohit has gained a lot of respect as a leader for batting while injured.
The senior Indian batter also talked about Iyer’s amazing run in the second one-day international at Dhaka against the team led by Litton Das.
Iyer’s lone heroic act at Dhaka kept the visitors in the hunt before Rohit batted at number nine and saved India from a precarious situation.
In the recently concluded match, the primary batter scored a match-altering fifty for the Virat Kohli-led team.
Iyer, who scored the most runs for India in the series finale, hit 82 runs out of 97 deliveries.
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik acknowledged Iyer as India’s most consistent run-getter in the 50-over format this year in an interview with Cricbuzz following Bangladesh’s historic victory over India in the second ODI.
He has played exceptionally well over time, in my opinion.
You can see his confidence because he has scored more than 700 runs only this year.
He enjoys playing one-day international cricket because he can take a few balls and then start launching.
Terrific spinner, and they now test him with short balls every time he comes in, and he performs well almost every game,” Karthik stated.
“Iyer needs to consistently finish games for the Asian giants like run-machine Kohli,” when discussing the in-form Indian batter.
Even though he occasionally failed, it could have been because of a short ball, you can tell that he is a man on a mission and wants to help the team win.
He dominated the entire time he was batting, and he performed admirably in this knock.
He did, in fact, lose wickets, but he didn’t give up, which is something I really admire about him.
He nearly assumed India to a position where – I think it was protected yet if you have any desire to make your name as a player.
You need to make a name like what Virat Kohli has done throughout the long term, these are the games that you want to be 120-130 not out, that is a major contrast,” Karthik added.
In 2022, an on-song Iyer became Team India’s leading ODI run-getter, surpassing Shikhar Dhawan.
This year, the white-ball maverick has scored more than 720 runs for India in 16 matches.
You want to stay out of the chases and be the guy who brings the country home, not get caught in them.
That is something he would really miss today. It looks good and feels good to score 82 runs, but only when you cross the line and become a middle-order batter and win games like these.
Karthik said, “When you start doing things consistently, you start to feel like your teams fear you.”
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