Shreyas Iyer’s performance will be closely watched as India gears up for the back-to-back T20I matches against the West Indies, which begin here on Saturday, with the dual aim of winning the series and also the squad for the T20 World Cup. India is currently leading the five-game run 2-1 and nothing could be more satisfying than a few thumping victories for the US Indian diaspora, who are anticipating a fun-filled weekend of cricket. But if there is one man whose performance is being watched more than anyone else, it has to be Iyer in this current Indian line-up.
Deepak Hooda, who has taken the most chances given to him, looks set to outsmart Iyer at this point in terms of the big T20 World Cup berth.
Now that KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are all set to return to the playing eleven for the Asian Cup, time is surely running out for 27-year-old Mumbaikar, who scored scores of 0, 10 (11 balls) and 24 (27 balls) in the three games so far in the ongoing series.
He clearly looked uneasy against the fast and rising deliveries.
While the short pass is his biggest problem, watching Iyer feel like he’s incapable of deciding what pace and gear to hit in a T20 game, which isn’t the case when he strikes. takes in the 50-over format.
In head coach Rahul Dravid’s regime so far, no player has been given a rough deal in terms of odds and given long enough rope to succeed.
However, in Iyer’s case, his T20I play hasn’t exactly delivered the results that have been seen him deliver in ODI cricket.
Even then, Dravid Iyer has given nine T20I games in the past two and a half months, one of which was in Bengaluru was a wash out and there is no score of more than fifty even when he got a chance to get in. first 10 left.
If given a chance in the last two matches, Iyer will have no choice but to put his best foot forward as the Asia Cup team is also likely to be the likely team for the T20 World Cup.
Even if Iyer makes the cut for Asian Cup or T20 World Cup, there’s a minuscule chance he’ll get a first XI look in a crowded top order.
Rohit is probably available
While Suryakumar Yadav’s awe-inspiring shots left everyone wide-eyed, his skipper Rohit Sharma is expected to top the order as company.
In the third game at Basseterre, Rohit was forced to stop with back pain when he hit at 11 and it was more of a precaution with a three day break between games.
The Indian captain would like to continue his recent good form and positive intentions in the two remaining games, but at the same time would have the best place to judge the form of some of his batters.
Rishabh Pant has looked good in all his short stints and wouldn’t mind having a big one in front of a packed crowd at the Central Broward Park Stadium.
Avesh playing compulsively after Harshal’s injury
Avesh Khan has been taken to the cleaners in the last two matches but the Dravid-Rohit pair have no choice but to continue with the riotous MP speedster as Harshal Patel has not fully recovered from his ribcage injury.
Avesh has been a bit one-dimensional throughout his career with either bowling too short or too full, giving the batters plenty of time to work on the tempo or play full drive.
It will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav gets a game in the series and India plays an extra spinner in case Harshal doesn’t get fit in time.
Teams India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Parel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Rovman Powell, Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh.
The match starts at 8:00 PM IST.
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