21 December 2019
Cuttack: Ahead of the third ODI at Barabati for which the entire nation is waiting with bated breaths, both Indian and West Indies team spoke to media.
Briefing the media, flamboyant batsman Shreyas Iyer briefed the media on behalf of the team India. On the other hand, Caribbean coach Phil Simmons spoke for his team.
The Indian team arrived for the practice session in the first half and once they were done, Shreyas spoke on varied topics. Speaking on his changed mode of playing he said, “The approach to cricket changes with maturity and exposure. One has to play according to the situation."
Shreyas started relatively slow in that innings, going at a run-a-ball until Rohit Sharma was dismissed. "You have to play according to what the team demands and that is what I did the other day. The team did not demand me to play big shots and at that time we needed a big partnership and we needed the scoreboard to keep going. That is what I did," he said.
The Cuttack ODI is the deciding match. Shreyas was asked whether this is a do-or-die match, he said, “The previous game was a do-or-die match. If we had lost that match, we would have lost the series. So, we will play with the same mindset. When the stakes are high, each play pulls up their socks and march towards giving the team a win. We try to perform our best and create magical moments.”
Speaking on the wicket at Barabati he said, “It will be fast in second innings, and dew factor plays a massive. We have had our experience here when we faced SL last time and we have prepared accordingly. We are expecting a huge crowd; they were out here to support us even during practice. It is going to very loud in the stadium tomorrow.”
Coming to practice in the second half, the West Indies team made full use of the Barabati stadium’s facilities. Briefing the media Phil Simmons said, “I don’t think toss is a deciding factor. We need to do well in both (batting and bowling) departments to win the match. We may beat India or not but we all need to play our best.”
Speaking on losing the last match Phil said, “India is playing in home conditions so they have that advantage. However, fielding is an important aspect. Dropping more than one catch is not down to anything. There is no excuse; that is just bad fielding. We lost (last match) because we let the last few overs slip out of our hands but we did manage to reach a respectable score. Tomorrow, we will be looking at 320-330 target and give a tough competition to India.”
On the hype around IPL, he said, “IPL is not career changing but definitely life-changing. It acts as a huge boost for players.”