"We can't play T20 in 50-over game"- Shreyas Iyer on India's cautious approach in 1st ODI vs NZ

"We can't play T20 in 50-over game"- Shreyas Iyer on India's cautious approach in 1st ODI vs NZ

Team India suffered a thrashing in the first ODI game against New Zealand on Friday at Eden Park. After scoring over the 300 plus target, the bowlers couldn't defend it as New Zealand went on to chase the target with 17 balls to spare, too, with seven wickets in hand.

It was a match-winning fourth-wicket partnership between Tom Latham and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson that changed the game totally. From 88/3 in 19.5 overs, both batters scored an unbeaten 221 runs to win the game for their team.

Williamson remained unbeaten on 94 off 98 balls, but Latham changed the course of the game and scored a brilliant century. He remained unbeaten on 145 off 104 balls, with 19 fours and five sixes. For India, Shreyas Iyer had the highest score, making a 76-ball 80.

Apart from him, Shubman Gill (50) and skipper Shikhar Dhawan (72) also played well. But all went in vain as India lost the game. However, after losing the game, many criticised the conservative approach of the Indian batters during their batting innings.

And now Iyer himself has opened up and shared the reason for India's cautious behavior. After the game, in a discussion with a reporter, Iyer said that no one can start playing T20 cricket in a 50-over game.

Iyer said, "We can't play in the T20 mode straightaway in fifty overs because there is more time. One can plan his batting by looking at the wicket and deciding in his mind what a par score would be. One needs to adapt. Fifty overs can change from time to time."

With this win, New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with the second ODI to be played on Sunday. Furthermore, the 27-year-old also praised the duo of Williamson and Latham, who took the game away from India's pocket.

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