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Ranji Trophy is Shreyas Iyer’s Main Concern ahead of the Next Test Series

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Shreyas Iyer : In Mumbai’s 10-wicket victory against Andhra, Shreyas Iyer made his Ranji Trophy comeback after a five-year absence, contributing with a run-a-ball 48. This is going to be Shreyas’ first five-Test series, starting with the crucial home Test series against England. The aggressive batter is just preparing for “three-day” Tests beginning January 25 though, “assuming it will be turning tracks” and considering the current events in South Africa.

Information-seekers speculated that Shreyas Iyer’s exclusion from the current T20 series against Afghanistan stemmed more from the fact that the Indian top-order is dominated by right-handers.

Shreyash Iyer
Image Source : The Indian Express

Frankly, all I have to do is reflect on the past three days. Let me tell you something, the previous two Test matches we played in South Africa ended in three days,” Shreyas remarked on Monday before taking a big swing at the Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy facility. I simply need to concentrate on the first three days since the fourth and fifth will come if necessary. The third day is usually crucial.

What Iyer Said !

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“It wasn’t a turning track, to be honest. I am assuming that we would be getting turning wickets against England,” he said. “But other than that it was just for my match fitness, to stay on the field as long as possible, that’s what mainly I was focusing on because especially after my injury it has been tough for me to stick on the outfield for long. So this was great practice for me.”

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“It is definitely a challenge, to be honest, because you come back to the team where you don’t know how the camaraderie is working but at the same time, I have played with a lot of youngsters in the team and I know how I was when I was playing Ranji Trophy when I was at their age,” Shreyas said.

“It felt kind of nostalgic to be back and I also got great support from the coach and captain of the team because they were very flexible in terms of what I needed on the field, and I enjoyed this outing.”

One of the heroes of India’s World Cup campaign, Shreyas, said it was difficult to return to the top domestic competition after playing his last Ranji match of the 2018–19 season, even if it was just for one game before he joined the team in Hyderabad.

Will not alter his method of hitting – Shreyas Iyer

As prep for the home England Test series, Shreyas Iyer will make his return for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy for the first time since the 2018-19 season

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 10, 2024

Regarding the Ranji match between Mumbai and Andhra, in which Mumbai easily defeated Andhra by 10 wickets, Iyer declared that, as on the first day, he would attack regardless of the circumstances of the match. “Regardless of the circumstances, I’m going to play offensively. It’s also important to produce runs and lead your team to a particular point when you start off bowling negatively, safely, and defensively.

“I persevered with it because that was my mentality. Yes, I was content regardless of the result,” he remarked.

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