Former Chief Selector MSK Prasad felt Shreyas Iyer is unlucky to be missing out from the Indian squad contentions despite doing really well prior to the injury he picked up. Shreyas Iyer was ruled out from the first phase of the IPL 2021 with the shoulder surgery he had to undergo and he has started practicing at the moment by going through some fitness drills.
Meanwhile, India has already played their last limited-overs games before the T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka and they picked a lot of youngsters for the assignment with the senior players in the UK for the five-match test series against England. Sri Lanka managed to finally win a bilateral series against India after a long time in the three-match T20I series and there have been doubts over the quality of the youngsters already.
MSK Prasad Feels That The Sri Lanka Series Was Just An Exposure
MSK Prasad has reckoned that the Covid-19 took a toll on the Indian side in Sri Lanka and all reminded that it wasn’t the full-strength side. He felt that it was just exposure for the youngsters and wasn’t much worried about the results. He added that the main team is in England and he did not find anything to gain from the series.
“You have to accept this fact that we didn’t play with a full-strength side, and also, some of those players got affected with Covid. It was just an exposure, it was like a testing round for our boys at that level, that’s all. I don’t really see any prominence in this series.”
“You don’t really need to worry about the outcome of this series. This is not an Indian team, this is an India-A or India-B team. 80 percent of the boys are playing there [in England], so I don’t really foresee anything out of this series,” MSK Prasad stated.
MSK Prasad Worries About Shreyas Iyer’s Future
MSK Prasad wasn’t sure that T Natrajan would find a place among the strong Indian seam bowling attack and felt pity about the injured Shreyas Iyer who was coming off really well in the England series until being ruled out for 6 months due to injury. Iyer hasnt had much game time and his selection in the Indian side will depend on his performance in the second phase of IPL 2021.
“Regarding Nattu, you already have enough pace bowlers, so I doubt whether he would have found a place. Bumrah, Bhuvi, Shami and Mohammed Siraj are doing so well, Hardik Pandya is the backup bowler, so where is the space? But I feel pity for Shreyas because he was actually picking up really well, he had slowly established his place in the 11 also. The injury happened at a very wrong time,” MSK Prasad concluded.
Meanwhile, the T20 World Cup 2021 has been shifted from India to UAE to eradicate the concerns of Covid-situation in India.