Shreyas Iyer’s performance will be closely scrutinized as India prepare for the T20I series against the West Indies, starting here on Saturday with the dual aim of winning the series and strengthening the squad for the T20 World Cup.
India currently lead the five-match series 2-1 and nothing would be more satisfying than two resounding wins in front of the USA’s Indian diaspora, who are expecting an enjoyable cricket carnival over the weekend.
However, in the current India setup, if there is one man whose performance will be watched more than anyone else, it has to be Iyer.
Deepak Hooda, who has made the most of the opportunities he has got, looks good to outplay Iyer at the moment as the T20 World Cup big ticket is in question.
With KL Rahul and Virat Kohli set to return to the playing XI for the Asia Cup, time is surely running out for the 27-year-old Mumbaikar, who scored 0, 10 (11 balls) and 24 (27). Balls) in the three matches of the ongoing series.
He looked clearly uncomfortable with the fast and rising balls.
Although the short ball is his main problem, Iyer seems to be unable to decide what pace and gear to bat in T20 matches, which is not the case when he takes the strike in the 50-over format. .
So far in head coach Rahul Dravid’s tenure, no player has received a raw deal in terms of opportunities and has been given enough rope to succeed.
However, in Iyer’s case, his T20I game hasn’t exactly yielded the same results as he has in ODIs.
Yet Dravid has given Iyer nine T20 matches in the last two-and-a-half months, one of which was a wash-out in Bengaluru, and despite opportunities to come in and out, none has scored more than a fifty. First 10 overs.
If Iyer wins the last two matches, he will have no choice but to put his best foot forward as the Asia Cup squad will, in all likelihood, be the likely squad for the T20 World Cup as well.
Even if Iyer makes the cut for the Asia Cup or T20 World Cup, there is little chance of him making it to the starting XI in the jammed top order.
Rohit is likely to be available
While Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning knock left everything and many eyes widened, he is expected to have the support of skipper Rohit Sharma.
In the third game in Basseterre, Rohit was forced to retire with a back injury while playing for 11 runs, a precautionary measure with a gap of three days between the games.
The Indian skipper will want to maintain his recent good form and positive intent in the remaining two matches but at the same time will be best placed to judge the form of some of his batsmen.
Rishabh Pant has looked good in all his short innings at the crease and will not mind playing big in front of a packed crowd at the Central Broward Park Stadium.
Hershel’s injury forces Avesh to play
Avesh Khan has been taken to the cleaners in the last two matches but the Dravid-Rohit duo has no option but to continue with the MP speedster as Harshal Patel is not fully recovered from his rib injury.
Avesh has been a bit one-dimensional throughout his career, either bowling too short or giving too full batsmen enough time to work on pace or play full-blooded drives.
It will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav gets a game in this series and India field an additional spinner if Harshal is not fit in time.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Parel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Arsh Khan, Avval Khan. , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Rovman Powell, Shamarah Brooks, Dominique Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akel Hossein, Alzari Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Meyers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odeon Smith, Devon Smith, Devon Walden , Obed McCoy .
The match will start at 8 PM IST.
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