“Shreyas Iyer Has To Decide”: Ex India Star’s Blunt Warning To Under-Fire Batter

Feb 12, 2024

Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar advised under-fire middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer to work on his defensive game if he wants to excel in Test cricket. Iyer, who has been struggling to score in Tests after a promising start to his longer format career, has been dropped from the squad for the final three Test matches against England. In his last seven Test matches, Iyer has scored just 187 runs in 12 innings at an average of 17.00, with his best score being just 35. Speaking in a video on ESPN Cricinfo, Manjrekar said that Iyer first needs to decide which format he is in. I am going to strive to excel.

“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 line-up, Manjrekar said that KL Rahul will return as a specialist batsman and also admitted that he has no idea about how the team management will approach the wicketkeeper position. Is thinking. KS Bharat has not performed well, scoring just 221 runs in seven matches at an average of 20.09, with no half-centuries in 12 innings. His best score is 44.

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, taking a look at some of the others Would like India to have options,” Manjrekar said.

Manjrekar also said that India could stick with two seam bowlers and a finger spinner in the third Test with pace bowlers getting some help from Mohammed Siraj and reverse swing.

“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 has played finger spinners, India can play with two seam bowlers and one finger spinner.

The third Test will begin on February 15 in Rajkot, while the fourth Test will begin on February 23 in Ranchi. The fifth and last Test of the series will be played on March 7 in Dharamshala. The series is currently at level 1. After a 28-run defeat in the first Hyderabad Test, India won the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs.

Star batsman Virat Kohli will not be available for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons.

Sarfaraz Khan and Rajat Patidar are also part of the series. BCCI said that the participation of batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja depends on their fitness.

“The participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul is subject to fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team,” the BCCI statement said.

Mohammed Shami, who missed the first two Tests due to injury, is still sitting out. Fast bowler Akash Deep has also been included in the team.

squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington. Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep.

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