Gambhir makes a huge comment on Iyer
Shreyas Iyer who just came into the team just after a year has showcased his mettle on the pitch by scoring a couple of fifties in the five ODIs that he has played against West Indies.
As he grew from strength to strength, he earned Indian team call-up. He justified his selection right as he smashed a 68-ball 71 to play a phenomenal role in India’s 59-run win over the West Indies in the second ODI at Port-of-Spain on Sunday.
Meanwhile, former India opener Gautam Gambhir who knows very well about Iyer remains hopeful the Indian team management will give a long run to middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer.
For so long, India’s No.4 slot in ODIs has been the subject of debate and Iyer is looking to bag his spot in the middle-order.
He was not given a chance in the recently concluded three-match T20I series against the hosts which the visitors comfortably won 3-0.
The 24-year-old prospect was included in the playing XI for the first ODI in Guyana on Thursday, but rain played spoilsport.
Iyer can succeed at this level: Gambhir
“India have a little bit of a headache in trying to give everyone a game. Shreyas Iyer was scheduled to bat at number four in the previous game which got rained off. He will get another chance in Trinidad. I have spent time with him in the Delhi Capitals’ dressing room. He has the setup and the works to succeed at this level,” Gautam Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.
“I just hope he gets a consistent run rather than a truncated one,” he added.
The No. 4 batting spot has been the biggest conundrum for India for some time now. Ambati Rayudu was considered as the option for the slot but he failed to seal the position before retiring from all forms of cricket while Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant had a little bit of success batting at No. 4.
As of now, Shreyas Iyer is being seen as India’s new No. 4 batsman, despite the fact that Delhi Capitals skipper has always maintained that he wanted to be versatile enough to bat at any position in the Indian cricket team.