Improving Shreyas Iyer’s Defensive Skills in Test Cricket: Insights from Former India Batsman | Cricket News

Feb 12, 2024

New Delhi: Middle order batsman Shreyas IyerThose who are now under criticism got guidance from the former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar Improve your defensive skills to be successful test cricket,
Despite having a strong history in the longer format, Iyer has been dropped from the team for the last three Test matches against England. Iyer is finding it difficult to score runs in Tests. Iyer has scored only 187 runs at an average of 17.00 in his last seven Test matches in 12 innings, with his highest score being just 35.
Speaking in a video on ESPN Cricinfo, Manjrekar said that Iyer first needs to decide in which format he is going to try to excel.

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“Iyer will have to decide in which formats he will try and excel. If Tests remain his priority, he will have to work on his defensive game whether it is pace and bounce or spin. Develop a game that Where he is confident is in defense and then when he takes an attacking approach it is an extension of the defensive game where he is trying to dominate and not escape pressure by playing counter-attacking,'' Manjrekar said. .
Regarding his predictions for the third Test lineup, Manjrekar said that KL Rahul Will returns as a specialist batsman and admitted that he does not know what the team management is considering when it comes to the wicketkeeper position. KS Bharat has not done enough, scoring only 221 runs in seven matches at an average of 20.09 and no half-centuries in 12 innings. 44 is his best score.
Manjrekar said that he would like to see India play with other wicketkeeping options.
“Rahul definitely comes in as a batsman. I don't know what the team management and selectors are thinking about the keeper. Before Rishabh Pant “Comes in and takes his rightful place in the Test team, I would like to take a look at some of the other options that India have,” Manjrekar said.
Manjrekar said India could continue to use two seam bowlers and a finger spinner in the third Test, especially with fast bowler Mohammed Siraj available with reverse swing to help the fast bowlers.
“Had Mohammed Siraj not been available as the second seamer, it would have been easy for India to play four spinners and go the English way. But with Siraj available and with reverse swing, wickets opportunities arise for the seamers, and Manjrekar said, the way England have played the finger spinners, India can stick with two seam bowlers and one finger spinner.
The third test will start from 15th February in Rajkot.
(With ANI inputs)

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