The UAE leg of the IPL 2021 has seen former Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Shreyas Iyer make a strong comeback after a prolonged absence from the game due to a shoulder injury.
Having spent more than four months at the sidelines, Iyer made a successful return to the DC playing XI with a solid knock of 47 not out off 41 balls in his team’s victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday (September 22).
Iyer’s measured knock not only helped DC make a short work of their chase versus the hapless SRH in Dubai but also ease any nerves the player might himself be carrying into the match because of his extended hiatus.
After the game, the Indian batsman also sent a warning to opposition sides, saying he isn’t “satisfied or content” with his knock and only has an increase in his “appetite” heading into the rest of the IPL 2021 campaign.
Shreyas Iyer blazes magnificent six against Tabraiz Shamsi
That insatiable hunger and desire to continue scoring runs was evident in DC’s next match on Saturday (September 25) against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Abu Dhabi.
Walking in with his team 21/2 inside the powerplay, Shreyas Iyer helped DC resurrect their position with another well-calculated knock of 43 off 32 deliveries.
The 26-year-old stitched an important partnership of 62 runs with his captaincy successor Rishabh Pant, who also made a useful 24-ball 24 and was just entering the second gear when he was dismissed.
The stand-out aspect of Iyer’s knock was how he played spin through the middle-overs and in particular, RR’s South African left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
Iyer hit Shamsi for a couple of sixes, with the best of the two being his inside out lofted stroke over the wide long-off region.
The magnificent shot was on display on the second ball of the 11th over in DC’s innings. As Iyer made up some room to try and open up the off-side, Shamsi went wider of him to avoid giving him the space to connect his stroke.
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However, the ball was still within the batter’s reach and Iyer confidently unleashed his attractive downswing, hitting the delivery from Shamsi with tremendous power over the boundary ropes to the left of the long-off fielder.
Given the form that he showed on the day, Shreyas Iyer would be slightly disappointed not to have carried on and make a more substantial score. But the player would be pleased at the same time to have contributed when his team needed it the most.