IND vs WI: 'Felt We Would Talk About Him As Future India Captain But He Batted Like Shikhar Dhawan At Port Of Spain': Ajay Jadeja On Shreyas Iyer

Published - 24 Jul 2022, 03:27 PM | Updated - 05 Jun 2024, 03:13 PM

Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja (Image Credit: Getty)

Ajay Jadeja, a former cricketer for India, criticized the batting despite the fact that India scored 308, the winning total, and was particularly critical of captain Shikhar Dhawan and rising star Shreyas Iyer. 

Team India, led by Shikhar Dhawan, started the three-match ODI series against West Indies by winning the opener at Port of Spain on Friday by a slim margin of three runs, despite missing seven of their white-ball regulars, including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Iyer hit five boundaries and two maximums in his 57-ball 54 against the West Indies in the opening One Day International. In reality, against the Windies, all three of India’s top-order batsmen reached or beyond the fifty-run barrier, with Dhawan reaching a 99-ball 97. 

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: Twitter)

Ajay Jadeja Not Satisfied By Shreyas Iyer’s Performance

But their inability to reach a century against a somewhat feebler bowling attack upset Jadeja. Speaking to Fan Code during the innings break on Friday, Ajay Jadeja stated that Iyer had entered the game with a lot of promise, including the potential to lead the Indian team in the future.

Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja (Photo- Twitter)

However, ever since the 27-year-old revealed his weakness with shorter deliveries, he has been troubled by bowlers in all formats. 

“I feel for the man. I mean…he walked into the Indian side with so much promise. A year ago we would be thinking about talking about him as the future India captain and leading the side.

“He starts off great and has a Test match hundred. Suddenly, a couple of times he has got out to short balls and not going into the technical factors behind it, but that is playing so much on his mind that you saw that in this innings,” Ajay Jadeja said.  

Shreyas Iyer Would Be Disappointed To Miss Out On A Century: Ajay Jadeja

The seasoned Indian player went on to say that Iyer’s innings lacked desire, much like Dhawan’s, and that he could have made the most of confronting the Windies bowling attack by going for the century to silence his detractors. 

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image: BCCI

“The way he approached today was very similar to Shikhar Dhawan. So you need a big score to get out of it. He had a decent game I would say. He would be disappointed though. With this bowling attack, you would want to make the most of it.

“Get a 100 and nobody will have anything to say. With this score you cannot say that he is over the problem he has had. You cannot look at this game like we did to India versus England. For me, this is a practice game,” he said. 

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