Nagpur | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian middle order batsman Shreyas Iyer -- who played a classy innings on Sunday to help India seal the series against Bangladesh -- has said that the team management has given him ‘heads up’ that he will be the designated No 4 batsman in white-ball format.

"For me personally, they (team management) have given me a heads up that 'You'll be there at No.4. So just back yourself and believe in yourself'," Iyer told mediapersons after the match.

"It has been a really important last few series for me to set the benchmark at the No. 4 position, which all of us are competing for at the moment," said Iyer.

The 24-year-old batsman will also have to work as a finisher if team's top two batsmen skipper Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma are dismissed cheaply.

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"Even if Kohli and Rohit get out, we need someone to finish the game and bat till the end.' That is a No. 4's role. That's what I was trying to replicate today and it worked out really well for me," said Iyer.

"I am really open-minded and can bat at any number. So I just like to back myself in tough situations and today's innings showed that I can bat under pressure as well," he said.

The Indian cricket team had tried a lot of players before the World Cup 2019 at the number four position but none of them were able to seal their place. The position was later used as a floating position during the mega event as the experiment with Vijay Shankar falling flat.

Iyer also spoke about his performance last night and said that the Indian team management has given him the freedom to express himself in the middle.

"The support staff have given me the freedom -- not just me but all the batsmen -- that you need to have that intent when you go in there. And you should feel very positive when you're batting. If the ball pitches in my area, I am not going to control myself. I'll bat according to my instincts," he said.

In the final T20, Iyer went ballistic after being cautious at the beginning. Four of his five sixes came against the spinners and his knock allowed India to put up a defendable 174 for five.

(With PTI inputs)

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