LAST year in June, Delhi Capitals’ Shreyas Iyer, batting for India in a few series at the No.4 position, made a telling statement– surprising many. Having batted at No.4 position for nearly a year, he suggested that the debate on that spot should end because he has arrived at the big stage. “I have told this in many interviews. There should be no more questions asked about India’s number 4 batting slot. If someone has played in that position for a year then he has secured that spot. Good feeling about securing the number 4 spot. You need to be flexible but I feel I can bat at any position depending on the condition,” Shreyas Iyer had said in a Live Instagram session with Delhi Capitals.
This statement from Iyer seemed quite arrogant. Perhaps, he said stuff that he never meant. In the meantime, Iyer’s statemate, Surya Kumar Yadav, is the new No.4 for the Indian team. More than a year later, he is also not even the captain of the Delhi Capitals teams — the team he led last year and also played the final against the Mumbai Indians.
A freak injury to his shoulder saw Iyer losing captaincy to Rishab Pant, who could carry the team in the top four of the first leg of IPL earlier this summer. Now that Iyer has returned to play IPL again, he is playing under Rishab. The franchisee had to retain Pant as captain because he started the season with a bang. Seeing this, Iyer had a little choice over the matter. “When I got the captaincy, I was in a different frame of mind. My decision-making and temperament level were really good. It helped in the last two years. But obviously, this is part of the decision-making from the franchise. I respect the decision,” Iyer said after Delhi’s first game of the second leg of IPL.
As Delhi prepares to take the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, it looks like Pant will continue to bat at No.4 while Iyer is at No.3. Hopefully, this time he doesn’t make a premature remark about his new batting position — by saying that even the No.3 slot position is his and let the bat do all the talking!