Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 2: Shreyas Iyer who produced a match-winning performance for the Indian team in their thumping 302-run victory over Sri Lanka on Thursday in the ongoing World Cup, snapped at a reporter during the post-match press conference. Iyer played a sensational knock of 82 in the middle overs to steer India to a massive total of 357/8 in the first innings. He displayed a variety of shots from his arsenal, which also included pull shots. List of Centuries in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Batsmen With Most Hundreds in CWC23

In recent times, Iyer has lost his wickets a number of times while attempting to play a pull shot. This was noticed in the Asia Cup during India's encounter with arch-rival Pakistan. In the post-match press conference, Iyer was quizzed about the short ball being a problem for him, and Iyer in reply snapped at the reporter and said, "When you say it's a problem for me what do you mean?"

The reporter rephrased his question and asked "Not a problem, problem exactly but it has troubled you." To which Iyer replied, "Troubled me? Have you seen how many pull shots I've scored? Especially which has gone for four." Iyer went on to state that as batters they can get out on any delivery whether it is a short delivery or an over-pitched delivery. "If you're trying to hit a ball, you're bound to get out anyway. Irrespective it's a short ball, it's an over pitch. If I get bowled two or three times, you all would say that, OK, he can't play an in-swinging ball. He can't play a cut if a ball is seeming," Iyer said. "So, see, we, as players are bound to get out on any sort of deliveries. You guys have created that environment outside that he can't play a short ball. And I feel that people are picking that up every now and then and it plays on your mind regularly and you keep working on that," Iyer added.

Iyer then went on to say that on a surface like Wankhede where he has played a lot of cricket, he knows how to tackle the delivery. Even if some of his shots work or don't it doesn't mean that a particular delivery becomes his weakness. Coming from Mumbai, especially from Wankhede, where the bounce is pretty much even and it bounces way more than any other pitches. So, I've played the majority of my games here, so I know how to tackle it. It's just that when I go to hit some shots, you are bound to get out and sometimes it may work, sometimes it may not. And the majority of the time it hasn't worked for me, maybe that's the reason you think it's a problem for me. But in my mind, I know there's no problem," Iyer said. Mohammed Shami Credits Good Rhythm for Superb Bowling After Taking A Fifer in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match Against Sri Lanka

Shreyas Iyer Press Conference

IND vs SL Stat Highlights

Coming to the match, Mohammed Siraj's sensational spell was shadowed by Mohammed Shami who took the onus to send India to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a thumping 302-run victory. Sri Lanka succumbed to a total of 55 inside 20 overs while chasing a target of 358 at the Wankhdede Stadium.

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