Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer returned to the Indian T20I squad for the last two T20Is against Australia. He was rested from the first three games, two of which India won. He now takes over vice-captaincy duties from Rururaj Gaikwad as well for the last two matches.
In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, it was Ishan Kishan who batted at three and did a pretty good job. With Iyer returning, Kishan is expected to go back to opening the innings. He was in red-hit form in the recently concluded World Cup scoring 530 runs in 11 matches at an average of 66.25. He scored two centuries including one in the semi-final against New Zealand.
Addressing the pre-match press conference, Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi spoke about the impact of Iyer’s return to the squad for the last two games. He said that the batter’s attacking reputation will make an impact on the batting lineup.
Shreyas Iyer As A Senior Player Will Come In Handy: Ravi Bishnoi
“Shreyas Iyer’s arrival will make a huge difference. The kind of reputation that he carries in T20 format and the kind of form that he was during the ODI World Cup 2023, it will create a huge difference in our batting lineup,” Bishnoi said in the press conference ahead of the fourth T20I match.
“As a senior player, his experience will come in handy for us. I am happy with my bowling and will try to perform in a similar style and make the team win the series,” he further added.
Heading into the fourth T20I, Bishnoi said that the young Indian team will look to seal the series being 2-1 up in the first three games.
“India vs Australia is a great opportunity for the young players because it is not very often that senior players do not play a bilateral series. We are ahead 2-1, and we are looking to seal the series in Raipur,” Bishnoi said.
Speaking about Shreyas Iyer, he was retained by KKR and will lead the side in IPL 2024. The right-hander missed IPL 2023 with a shoulder injury and back problems. Nitish Rana led KKR in his absence.