I want to stay in the team for a while: Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer scored a vital 71 in India's win over the West Indies on Sunday. AFP

Port-of-Spain: Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is hoping that his 71-run knock in the second One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies will help him keep a consistent place in the team, crediting his stint with the 'A' side for the impressive show.

Coming into the team after a year, Iyer, who had a couple of fifties in the five ODIs that he has played, produced a 68-ball 71 to play a crucial role in India's 59-run win by Duckworth/Lewis method over the West Indies on Sunday.

"I want to stay in the team for a while, the consistency is always important, I want to play well and contribute to the team," said the 24-year-old, who didn't get game time during the T20 International series.

Iyer, who scored two fifties for India 'A' during their tour of West Indies last month, said familiarity with the conditions gave him the confidence of doing well in the ODI series.

"It was a fruitful day. I knew I was going to do well, I played for India 'A' and I played in these grounds, paced my innings well and think it went well," said Iyer, who was part of the playing XI in the first game, which was washed out after 13 overs at Guyana.

Talking about his partnership with captain Virat Kohli, Iyer said: "I decided that I wouldn't take any risks, Virat told me that we needed to build a partnership and take the innings deep.

"He supported me very well, we took the ones and twos, hit the boundaries when it came. We decided 250 was a good score, obviously we got 30 runs extra. He told me to bat at least until the 45th over, I am thankful for what I managed."

The third and final ODI will be played on Wednesday.

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