Shreyas Iyer had a scintillating half-century before Jasprit Bumrah took 3-15 as Sri Lanka was reduced to 86-6 at stumps on day one of the second test against India on Saturday.
“I didn’t want to get out defending the ball because there are more chances of getting out that way rather than scoring runs. In my mind the intent had to be positive and that’s what I had decided before going out to bat,” Iyer said.
Iyer mixed clever aggression while protecting his wicket on a tough wicket and also shielding his partners at the other end.
He hit 10 fours and four tall sixes, entertaining the capacity crowd at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium as India crossed 250 in 58.3 overs.
“I did not have it (the hundred) in mind, once I reached the 80s. Bumrah was defending the ball really well and I never thought I would have to take singles at the end of every over. It is part and parcel of the game. Today wasn’t my day and I have no regrets,” Iyer said.
Following the dismissal, Iyer became the fourth Indian player to be stumped out in the 90s after Dilip Vengsarkar (96 against Pakistan in Chennai in 1987), Sachin Tendulkar 90 (against England in Bengaluru in 2001) and Virender Sehwag (99 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2010).