The Indian squad has been having problems with their number four slot and the player could be the solution to this problem.
Ever since MSK Prasad was appointed as the BCCI’s chief selector, cricket in India has evolved in many ways. With the help of these changes, the team has reached its goal of being the number one Test team in ICC rankings - and has stayed there. Their ODI and T20 rankings are also slowly but surely climbing. The team also found some individually brilliant players to play in various formats.
One such player is Shreyas Iyer. He was previously ignored by the selection committee since they were looking for someone specifically to fill the problematic number four batting position. The selectors tried many different players including Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu amongst others, but settled on KL Rahul in the World Cup 2019. To help address this problem, MSK Prasad has a solution that could help solve it.
He said that Shreyas Iyer not being selected to participate in the 2019 World Cup was ‘unfortunate’. ‘If you recall, we had inducted Shreyas Iyer (when Virat Kohli was rested) 18 months back into the ODI squad and he has done reasonably well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t continue with him. Having said that, he has evolved as a player now and he can be the solution to our number 4 slot in both ODIs and T20s’.
After this, he went back to play in domestic cricket and scored big for his respective team and India A. His performances earned him a spot back on the international team just in time for the South Africa series. Since then, he has kept his spot in the playing XI. He has also played in the Bangladesh series as well as the West Indies series in both the ODI and T20I matches.
Prasad also praised his fellow selectors for turning the capable Indian pace attack into a lethal one. ‘Except Bumrah, the other fast bowlers (Ishant, Umesh, Shami) had been in the circuit even before our committee took over. Only thing is that they all have combined well as a unit during our tenure…we have been instrumental in helping Bumrah to evolve into a top-class bowler across all formats’.
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