‘Things have changed. He’s in danger of losing his spot’: Agarkar’s big warning | Cricket

Team India took a thrilling 3-run victory over the West Indies in the first ODI of the series in Port of Spain. After a strong score of 308/7 in fifty overs, India nearly gave up the game in the final overs after Romario Shepherd faced off against the bowlers; Mohammed Siraj, however, kept his nerves in check as he successfully defended 15 runs in the final left. Among batters, captain Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill and vice-captain Shreyas Iyer scored 50-plus.

While Dhawan and Gill forged a strong 119-point lead for the first wicket, Iyer, who made a comeback to the ODI XI after missing the last two ODIs against England earlier this month, scored an impressive 54. Even if Iyer took the role of Indian squads in all three formats of the game, his appearances in the white-ball matches have been scattered in recent months due to consistent performance from Suryakumar Yadav.

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In fact, in the two ODIs Iyer missed against England, India took the field with Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav in 3rd, 4th and 5th positions respectively. And so, former Indian bowler Ajit Agarkar insisted that Iyer was “in danger” of losing his XI position.

‘Things have changed, haven’t they? He’s the only one in danger of losing his place a bit. We know how well Suryakumar Yadav played. Moreover, there is another problem. Some of the things he needs to work on include his short ball problem,” Agarkar said during his on-air stint on FanCode.

“One thing he did today was he left the (short) ball. You can only bowl two bouncers. So you better get out of the way, because that shot (pulling) is not obvious to him. Once he’s done, he might be able to play those deliveries. So that’s the one shot he shouldn’t try too early. He has enough abilities,” Agarkar continued.

Team India returns on July 24 for the second ODI of the series.


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