The young Indian batsman, Shreyas Iyer played a brilliant knock of 68-ball 71 in the second ODI against the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday. He has now scored three fifties in just eight ODIs, and with his third one, he helped India post a score of 279 for nine.
Iyer built a strong partnership of 125 runs for the 4th wicket with the skipper Virat Kohli, who hit his 42nd ODI century. Lavishing praise on Shreyas, legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar said: “if this doesn’t help him get a more permanent slot in the Indian middle-order, I don’t know what will.”
Gavaskar also backed Iyer to be the solution for India’s No.4 problem. He said that the stylish right-hander was better suited to the No.4 position than Rishabh Pant.
During the show on ‘Sony Ten1’ channel, Gavaskar said, “In my view, Rishabh Pant is much better, as an MS Dhoni, at 5 or 6 as a finisher because that’s where his natural game and natural flair will come into play. If India gets to a great start with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting for 40-45 overs, then Pant at No. 4. But if it’s a question of batting for 30-35 overs, then I think it should be Shreyas Iyer at No.4 and Pant at No.5.”
India lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant (20) in quick succession with Shikhar Dhawan already went back to the pavilion in the first over itself. However, Kohli and Iyer steadied the ship for the men in blue. The latter
The 24-year-old from Delhi didn’t get game time during the T20I series. He was part of the playing XI in the first ODI, which was washed out after 13 overs at Guyana.
Heaping praise on Iyer, Gavaskar said: “He has grabbed his opportunity. He came at No.5. He had plenty of overs. He had the company of his skipper, Virat Kohli. Nothing quite like it because the skipper takes the pressure off you. The best place to learn in cricket is the non-striker’s end. That’s what Shreyas Iyer was doing with Virat Kohli at the other end.”
Iyer led the Delhi Capitals franchise during the IPL 2019 and he was in good form as well, still, he was ignored for the World Cup and Gavaskar believes the youngster should now get a longer run in ODI cricket.
Describing the same, the batting legend said, “I think, if this doesn’t help him get a more permanent slot in the Indian middle-order, I don’t know what will. In the five matches, he played before this, he scored 2 fifties and hit the highest score of 88. He hadn’t done anything wrong to be left out of the 14 (15) (World Cup). Now he has come back and scored a 71 in his first opportunity. So I think he will get a longer run.”