Shreyas Iyer believes that the Indian side will bounce back in the upcoming six-match ODI series against South Africa after being thrashed 2-0 in the first two Tests. Iyer has added that the return of MS Dhoni to the side will bolster its squad depth and will help the team to beat the Proteas.
After going down 2-0 to the South African team in the ongoing Test series, the Indians have suffered their first series loss in the Test format after almost a year. The terrible performance of the batsmen in the first two matches will be regarded as the ultimate fault which cost the Indians the series. Shreyas Iyer, who is also part of the squad in SA, feels that despite the initial loss the team is looking forward to bouncing back in the upcoming limited-overs series which will start soon after the last Test which will be played in Johannesburg.
“We will also look to come back strongly. We have not won the Test series so will look to bounce back strongly,” said Iyer in an interview to PTI.
“MS is coming back. He has led the Indian team previously. He’s a great finisher, looking forward to the ODI series. We would look to win the ODI series. That would be my target.”
Having recovered from a hamstring injury, Iyer will join the team for the ODI series and showed signs of full fitness with a sterling 79 not out to lead Mumbai to 198/4 before going down to Punjab by three wickets in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 fixture.
“Prior to South Africa tour, getting a knock like this is important. It will give me a lot of confidence. I will see to it if I can carry the same form in South Africa,” he said.
India will play South Africa in a total of 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is beginning shortly after the conclusion of the third Test.