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Shreyas Iyer is doing all a player could do to break into the Indian team. The right-hander has been one of the most consistent batsmen in domestic cricket for quite some time now. In the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he amassed 484 runs at an average of 60.5 and a very impressive strike-rate of 152.50. During the course of the tournament, he also scored two centuries including a 55-ball 147 against Sikkim which is the highest score by an Indian in the shortest format of the game.

 
lg.php?bannerid=0&campaignid=0&zoneid=41However, all those performances with the bat have not changed his fortunes as far as earning a recall from the Indian team is concerned. Iyer has so far played just six ODIs and managed to leave a mark in those limited chances by playing knocks of 88 and 65. However, Shreyas has now fallen down the pecking order, having last played an ODI way back in February last year.

 

Iyer, who is gearing up to lead Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL season, has now said he didn’t get enough chances to showcase his potential at the highest stage of the game. “Yeah, I felt that way. If there was some other player in place of me, he would have also felt disappointed. Your eventual goal is to play for your country. I was disappointed when I was dropped and didn’t get fair enough chances,” Shreyas told The Times of India (TOI). “But when you look at the TV and see your team winning, it gives a lot of satisfaction. That is more important.”

 

Shreyas was given a lifeline when the selectors named him in the squad for the T20I series against Windies at home and the series in Australia. He, however, did not play a single game before the selectors surprisingly dropped him for the ODI series in Australia and the succeeding tour of New Zealand.

 

Iyer further said that he is willing to bat any position if given an opportunity. “I back myself at any number. I am just waiting for my chance,” he said. “I am doing really well in every tournament. I am enjoying my cricket and not thinking about the selection process.

 

Selection is not in my hands. My job is to perform and I’m doing that. Anything can happen (in the future), you can get a random call from the selectors that you’ve been selected for the World Cup.”

Iyer for number four:

Recently, Delhi Capitals head coach and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said that India should try out Iyer to end their number four woes. With India’s several experiments backfiring, Ponting feels Iyer could be the man for that spot.

 

“They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him. It’s an interesting conundrum; maybe, they can fit in KL Rahul in that spot,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying in an interview.

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5 hours ago, jusarrived said:

He’s not that good anyway . One of those players who bullies domestic bowlers but short of international standards 

 

5 hours ago, jusarrived said:

He’s not that good anyway . One of those players who bullies domestic bowlers but short of international standards 

How do you know, he has only played 6 ODIs. Should at least be givena run has earned it

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11 hours ago, jusarrived said:

He’s not that good anyway . One of those players who bullies domestic bowlers but short of international standards 

If that's their impression of him then they should look to develop him further. Along with 'A' tournaments, have him play domestic cricket overseas. Pointless scoring runs in Indian conditions where you've already proven yourself.

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11 hours ago, jusarrived said:

He’s not that good anyway . One of those players who bullies domestic bowlers but short of international standards 

Played only 5 innings and has knocks of 88 and 65,atleast give him a chance to fail so that everyone can move on

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6 hours ago, TNAmarkFromIndia said:

If that's their impression of him then they should look to develop him further. Along with 'A' tournaments, have him play domestic cricket overseas. Pointless scoring runs in Indian conditions where you've already proven yourself.

 

5 hours ago, GautiMaan said:

Played only 5 innings and has knocks of 88 and 65,atleast give him a chance to fail so that everyone can move on

 

12 hours ago, Sooda said:

 

How do you know, he has only played 6 ODIs. Should at least be givena run has earned it

This is based on having him watched both domestic and for India . Hes obviously not the most technically sound batsmen around ,which is fine ..but hes not even a clean hitter . Limited array of shots and when he plays its mostly cross batted , cant see him score against quality fast bowlers . 

That said he deserves a run , based on the form hes shown in domestic it was unfair to drop him after a few games ..

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6 hours ago, jusarrived said:

Hes obviously not the most technically sound batsmen around ,which is fine ..but hes not even a clean hitter .

Why do you think he's not a clean hitter? You can't score the record number of sixes in both the domestic T20 and 50-over competitions without being a clean striker of the ball.

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He has done well to decent. I don't think he has been that bad. His statements are coming left and right since he is a youngster and media tends to hype youngsters. Its otherwise pretty common.

 

Its not like he hasn't backed up his words, he has played some brilliant knocks against touring sides of Australia too in longer format.

 

I think after the World Cup, the guy deserves a run at sometime. 

 

Put yourself in their shoes sometimes, and realize what it means to them. They don't have any job. All they do is play cricket and look for incentive out of it and if they have scored runs for a while, they are feeling that some reward is around the corner. Iyer has done well in the past and that is why he got picked for India, it wasn't out of the blue the the got picked. He earned it that time.

 

So yes, may not be the best talent around, he has amassed plenty of runs to get a chance in the near future. 

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15 hours ago, Cricketics said:

He has done well to decent. I don't think he has been that bad.

I think he has done more than that. Not sure why people underrate him. Probably because he hasn't taken the IPL by storm yet. He's absolutely dominated domestic cricket though, being among not just the highest run getters but also smashing the most sixes in the tournament. For India 'A' since 2016, Iyer averages 42.59 in 55 matches, aggregating 2087 runs 12 half-centuries and four hundreds, which are pretty good numbers.

 

He has the attacking game that we desperately need in our middle order right now. If they didn't want him to be part of the international team, they should have had him play domestic 50-over cricket in England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand etc. Whoever were willing to play him, with the idea of getting him used to playing limited overs cricket in foreign conditions. There are certain players BCCI need to target for certain formats, and develop them accordingly.

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On 3/18/2019 at 8:02 PM, Gollum said:

Dropping him was such a cruel joke :facepalm:

this guy will become as Solid as the first three indian batsman...he is an aggressive batsman.

 

pant is Over aggressive, he wants to hit the first ball for a 6...this over aggressive batting does not work.

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14 minutes ago, TNAmarkFromIndia said:

Should have gotten the chances that Rayudu got.

i feel the worst of the lot ( pandey, karthik, raydu, kedar, shreyas,vijay shankar) was Karthick. i never considered pant suitable for no 4 , he is an ideal no 6.

karthick was called back for no logic, he was not required to be brought back , just one good show against lanka got him lot of innings.

vijay shankar is not international standard bowler so he does not fit into india 14 in my books - bcos he is not the all rounder we want.

 

kedar, pandey raydu and shreyas were good batsman- shreyas has proved that he is the best.

 

once hardik returns kedar could be out but shreyas will stay.

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3 hours ago, Mirpur express said:

India have got so much talented young batsman but in the end you will see Karthik batting. 

 

 

yes, we will see KD, Jadhav and MSD at 4, 5 and 6 in next WC, with pandu at 7.

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1 hour ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

Wonderful to see him grab his chances in ODIs.

 

With his FC average of 52 and a Sehwagesque SR of 82, no reason why he should not be considered for Tests as well. Rahane is on borrowed time already and we could soon need a younger replacement.

gill has an even better avg and comparable SR as well. iyer can be in the queue but after gill.

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I'm just waiting for him to be tested against the short stuff, before jumping on his hype train. If he can handle that, we might have a gem #4 on our hands. He has displayed game awareness and ability to score at a fast clip in whatever chances he's had until now. And he is only 24. 

 

This will mean that Gill will have to either bat at #5 or lower to break into the ODI set-up. 

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4 hours ago, Pandya_Power said:

I'm just waiting for him to be tested against the short stuff, before jumping on his hype train. If he can handle that, we might have a gem #

 

He had serious issues against the moving ball too ... apart from a short ball weakness.  Hope he has worked on these 2 aspects.

 

His intent, scoring rate and six hitting ability are big pluses.

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7 hours ago, express bowling said:

 

He had serious issues against the moving ball too ... apart from a short ball weakness.  Hope he has worked on these 2 aspects.

Even i have same doubts about him......looking at his technique i feel he ll be troubled by both movement in n out .....holder in WI were caughting him in awkward position when ball his ball came in....only issue was he wasnt quick enough. Seen him play far away from body outside off which is ok in LOI but will be dangerous in test 

 

This might be the reason he is not on test radar

 

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3 hours ago, Gollum said:

Love his intent esp against spin. FC SR of 82 is bloody impressive. 

His unbeaten run a ball 200 against Aus in 2017 where he took Lyon and O'Keefe to the cleaners 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKpfCkOqaE4

     He is very good bet for LOI.  Very good player of spin & even plays well vs medium pace stuff. 

     Hope TM & Selectors give him #4  spot  in 50 overs matches .

     Do not think  fully ready for Tests . There is no need to hurry . Rahane is doing decently .

      Let him show his improvements in A games in overseas tours .  

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4 hours ago, sarchasm said:

If there was a God, we'd have Manish Pandey, Iyer, Agarwal, and possibly Gill - all of them, in Indian LOI team today.

not enough slots for all 4. assuming rohit + keeper + VK + AR leaves only 3 slots in the top 7 remaining. I think pandey should miss out. he is a beast in domestic, but has not stepped up since his first 5-10 matches in ODIs.

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14 hours ago, express bowling said:

 

He had serious issues against the moving ball too ... apart from a short ball weakness.  Hope he has worked on these 2 aspects.

 

His intent, scoring rate and six hitting ability are big pluses.

In the current Indian team, who doesn’t?

 

 

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1 minute ago, express bowling said:

 

You are right ... only Kohli has big knocks when the ball is moving.

Anderson made him his bunny in the first tour and even in the second tour while he scored big, there wasn’t any knock of the same quality or conviction that we were used to seeing from say Sachin, Dravid or Ganguly (in England) from back in the day. He had chances but obviously good for him to make it count and won’t take anything away from him. He is obviously the best bat in the team by some margin.

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37 minutes ago, maniac said:

Anderson made him his bunny in the first tour and even in the second tour while he scored big, there wasn’t any knock of the same quality or conviction that we were used to seeing from say Sachin, Dravid or Ganguly (in England) from back in the day. He had chances but obviously good for him to make it count and won’t take anything away from him. He is obviously the best bat in the team by some margin.

Rat is still a much better player of the moving ball in comparison to VVS and Sehwag, both of whom are Indian ATGs. I like to diss him as much as the next person, but there is no need to put him down for unfair things. yes, he got chances in the 2nd tour, but he capitalized on them and showed good temperament (except in the last innings of the test, where he choked).

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53 minutes ago, maniac said:

Anderson made him his bunny in the first tour and even in the second tour while he scored big, there wasn’t any knock of the same quality or conviction that we were used to seeing from say Sachin, Dravid or Ganguly (in England) from back in the day. He had chances but obviously good for him to make it count and won’t take anything away from him. He is obviously the best bat in the team by some margin.

 

Kohli has scored lots of runs and has high averages in South Africa and NZ too, where the ball moves a lots.

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2 hours ago, Vijy said:

not enough slots for all 4. assuming rohit + keeper + VK + AR leaves only 3 slots in the top 7 remaining. I think pandey should miss out. he is a beast in domestic, but has not stepped up since his first 5-10 matches in ODIs.

Yes, I didn't say all of them need to be accommodated in the playing XI. But certainly in the larger squad.

 

As for Pandey, he's turned it up a notch in domestics. That's all he could do and 5-10 matches is not nearly enough to discard a player.

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21 minutes ago, express bowling said:

 

Kohli has scored lots of runs and has high averages in South Africa and NZ too, where the ball moves a lots.

Maniac seems to want VK to become Stewie. This is asking for the unrealistic - it is becoming more clear by the day that Smith may be a once-in-several-generations type of talent (assuming his trajectory does not fall off too much).

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1 minute ago, sarchasm said:

Yes, I didn't say all of them need to be accommodated in the playing XI. But certainly in the larger squad.

 

As for Pandey, he's turned it up a notch in domestics. That's all he could do and 5-10 matches is not nearly enough to discard a player.

he will probably in the mix in A squads and so on. But I would rather see Mayank, Gill, Iyer more because former 2 have gotten zero chances and the latter has done very well in the limited opportunities he had.

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