Always up for challenges: Daredevils’ Iyer

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New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Following his match-winning 83 against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), young Delhi Daredevils batsman Shreyas Iyer said he enjoys opening and is always up for challenges.

“At the moment I am really enjoying opening the innings. In the practice matches, I was batting at No.3 which is quiet like opening. So it’s not a problem for me at the moment,” Iyer was quoted as saying by on Friday.

“I was really happy because I got the opportunity to take on the bowlers. It was difficult at the start to face the new bowlers but I am always up for challenges.”

The Daredevils beat the Mumbai-based team by 37 runs here on Thursday to end their nine-match losing streak on their home ground.

“It is a really, really good feeling to break the jinx of losing home games and I am really happy with the performance of the team,” said Iyer.

Instrumental in Iyer’s success is Daredevils’ assistant coach Pravin Amre, who has been grooming him since he was a 13-year-old. Amre has constantly been by Iyer’s side, trying to improve his game, giving him tips.

“He (Amre) has really been helping me throughout the tournament. Before every match we practice some techniques and skills which have been helpful,” said the 20-year-old.

“At the start he just asked me to leave the ball because if I commit to playing shots, I might not time (them well) at the start. So he asked me to get set and give myself the chance to charge at the bowler later on.”

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