Shreyas Iyer: Maintaining Calmness Amidst Pressure in Thrilling Victory

Sunday’s first match between RCB and KKR set the stage for an exhilarating blockbuster. KKR posted a formidable total of 222 runs, putting RCB under immense pressure. Despite a valiant effort in the chase, RCB narrowly missed the target by just 1 run. Following this thrilling victory, the KKR skipper shared insights into the team’s mindset and performance during the game, reflecting on the intensity and drama of the high-stakes encounter.

KKR’s Innings:

In their innings, Kolkata Knight Riders displayed a formidable performance, amassing a total of 222 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Phil Salt, displaying remarkable batting prowess, led the charge with a blazing knock of 48 runs off just 14 deliveries. Skipper Shreyas Iyer also contributed significantly, notching up a half-century with a composed 50 runs off 36 balls. Rinku Singh and Andre Russell further bolstered the innings with valuable contributions, setting a challenging target for the opposition.

Harshit Rana delivered a disciplined bowling spell, conceding only 40 runs in his 4 overs while claiming 3 crucial wickets at an economy rate of 8.20. Mitchell Starc also impressed with his bowling, restricting the opposition to 30 runs in his 3 overs while securing a wicket. Varun Chakaravarthy proved economical, conceding 36 runs in 4 overs at an economy rate of 9.00. Sunil Narine and Suyash Sharma also contributed with their bowling efforts, maintaining pressure on the batting side. Andre Russell showcased his versatility, contributing with both bat and ball, conceding 25 runs in his 3 overs.

Shreyas Iyer After the Match:

Following the gripping clash with RCB, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer offered insights into his mindset during tense moments. Reflecting on the pressure, he emphasized the importance of composure amidst fluctuating emotions. Iyer lauded Russell’s pivotal performance, highlighting the need for players to step up in critical situations. He stressed the significance of executing game plans and maintaining focus under pressure, underscoring the team’s commitment to staying calm and delivering under challenging circumstances.

KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer said, “(On close games like these) It takes a lot off your body and drains you out completely because you go through so many emotions. It’s tough to stay calm but I’m elated. We got two points on the board and that’s all that matters. It’s extremely tough when the pressure is on, I feel that every individual should put their hands up and take the responsibility. Russell did that by picking up two wickets and completely changed the game in our favor, that kind of attitude is needed in the team. It’s a funny game, when you need 18 runs off 6 balls, the pressure is on the bowler.” 

He added, “One six here and there, it completely changes the momentum. It is important that we maintain our calmness and stay in the present and make the batter hit where you want them to hit. We need to stick to our routines and processes and see to it that we execute the things we want. It was a pivotal knock, I wanted to stay till the end and steady the ship. We were losing wickets and I wanted to stay till the end and see it off. We got some important boundaries towards the end and I was very happy about that.”

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Sunday's first match between RCB and KKR set the stage for an exhilarating blockbuster. KKR posted a formidable total of 222 runs, putting RCB under immense pressure. Despite a valiant effort in the chase, RCB narrowly missed the target by just 1 run. Following this thrilling victory, the KKR skipper shared insights into the team's mindset and performance during the game, reflecting on the intensity and drama of the high-stakes encounter.

KKR’s Innings:

In their innings, Kolkata Knight Riders displayed a formidable performance, amassing a total of 222 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Phil Salt, displaying remarkable batting prowess, led the charge with a blazing knock of 48 runs off just 14 deliveries. Skipper Shreyas Iyer also contributed significantly, notching up a half-century with a composed 50 runs off 36 balls. Rinku Singh and Andre Russell further bolstered the innings with valuable contributions, setting a challenging target for the opposition.

Harshit Rana delivered a disciplined bowling spell, conceding only 40 runs in his 4 overs while claiming 3 crucial wickets at an economy rate of 8.20. Mitchell Starc also impressed with his bowling, restricting the opposition to 30 runs in his 3 overs while securing a wicket. Varun Chakaravarthy proved economical, conceding 36 runs in 4 overs at an economy rate of 9.00. Sunil Narine and Suyash Sharma also contributed with their bowling efforts, maintaining pressure on the batting side. Andre Russell showcased his versatility, contributing with both bat and ball, conceding 25 runs in his 3 overs.

Shreyas Iyer After the Match:

Following the gripping clash with RCB, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer offered insights into his mindset during tense moments. Reflecting on the pressure, he emphasized the importance of composure amidst fluctuating emotions. Iyer lauded Russell's pivotal performance, highlighting the need for players to step up in critical situations. He stressed the significance of executing game plans and maintaining focus under pressure, underscoring the team's commitment to staying calm and delivering under challenging circumstances.

KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer said, “(On close games like these) It takes a lot off your body and drains you out completely because you go through so many emotions. It’s tough to stay calm but I’m elated. We got two points on the board and that’s all that matters. It’s extremely tough when the pressure is on, I feel that every individual should put their hands up and take the responsibility. Russell did that by picking up two wickets and completely changed the game in our favor, that kind of attitude is needed in the team. It’s a funny game, when you need 18 runs off 6 balls, the pressure is on the bowler.” 

He added, “One six here and there, it completely changes the momentum. It is important that we maintain our calmness and stay in the present and make the batter hit where you want them to hit. We need to stick to our routines and processes and see to it that we execute the things we want. It was a pivotal knock, I wanted to stay till the end and steady the ship. We were losing wickets and I wanted to stay till the end and see it off. We got some important boundaries towards the end and I was very happy about that.”

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