Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who slammed a 57-ball 96 to seal the deal for Delhi Daredevils against Gujarat Lions at Kanpur on Wednesday, believes that no total is impossible to chase in T20 cricket.
Iyer single-handedly steered Delhi Daredevils closer to victory. When he fell, Delhi Daredevils required seven runs in the final over. It was left to veteran Amit Mishra, who slammed two consecutive boundaries to clinch the match with two wickets and two balls to spare.
Iyer, who registered his top T20 score, felt it is important to back yourself, especially in T20s.
“You must back yourself all the time. In a format like T20s, you can chase any total. What I have realised playing this format that you can cover up later even if you have consumed a few dot balls early. The mantra to succeed is to keep believing in yourself and keep backing yourself,” Iyer was quoted as saying by IPLT20 website.
“We must believe that we can defend any total that we put up. We have seen that we chased 200 plus scores twice. If one player does not perform, someone else steps up and does the job. As far as improvement is concerned, we can improve every day. We must believe in each other and end the season on a good note,” he added.
Iyer’s plan was to bat through the Powerplay overs after Delhi Daredevils lost two quick wickets.
“This season we have been losing wickets early and for this particular match, I had decided that I am going to bat through the Powerplay overs. I had set plans for every two years. I was not looking at my score at all. When we started losing more wickets, I had no other option but to stay till the end,” he said.
Iyer was confident of a good start despite missing some IPL matches initially due to illness.
“I was suffering from chickenpox and I could not do anything about it. I knew that my hard work and the smart work that I had done off the field will be help me on the field when I return. I gained confidence from the two starts I got even though I could not get big scores,” he said.