Former India cricketer Robin Uthappa praised India youngster Shreyas Iyer, sharing how he bounced back to form after returning from an injury. However, Uthappa added that Iyer’s knock in the second ODI of India’s ongoing three-match ODI series against Australia is one of the positives for India ahead of the World Cup 2023.
In a video shared by Uthappa on his YouTube channel, he said, “Shreyas Iyer, what a relief! It’s been a long time coming. We’ve always known that he is a high-class player. In my books, he is someone who can go on to lead India as well in the future. Shreyas is a solid player and he showed us why in that hundred against Australia. Just the pace at which he batted, the control, and the connection. To have a couple of low scores and then have a freak kind of spasm that keeps him out of action for some time. To come back like that, especially after the injury, is not easy and takes a lot of character.”
However, Shreyas Iyer returned to India’s ODI team after a long injury layoff at the Asia Cup 2023. But he picked up a back spasm during the tournament and didn’t play in the Super 4s matches or the final as well. To make matters worse, he was run out for three in the first ODI against Australia as well. Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa opined on how Team India opener Shubman Gill has performed well this year. He backed Gill to continue his sublime form at the World Cup 2023 as well.
“If you have to look at a few things leading into the World Cup, one would be Shubman Gill’s form. He is in such wonderful form that you want to protect that a little bit. You want to make sure that you save all those runs for an important tournament like the World Cup. All signs lead to Shubman Gill being the next big thing in Indian cricket. It certainly seems like he is going to take over from Virat Kohli as the next big Indian batting star. Here’s hoping that he continues his good form, goes into the World Cup feeling exceptionally good, and scores lots and lots of runs for India. Hopefully, he sets high standards for himself and could very well be the Man of the Series,” he concluded.