With the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan included in the Indian T20 squad and Shreyas Iyer not having the best of times during the white-ball leg of the Australian tour, there have been calls for the likes of Yadav to replace him in the batting line-up.
Shreyas Iyer was the best batsman on show in an otherwise appalling batting display during the first T20I against India. Having been demoted to the No.5 spot, Shreyas Iyer played classical cricket shots all around the ground during his 48-ball 67.
Speaking on Star Sports, Sanjay Bangar believes that Shreyas Iyer- barring the recent Australian tour- has been consistent with his performances in the middle-order and that he should be given as possible ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“He batted in a brilliant fashion and it was under pressure. He was also sent down the order because Rishabh Pant was promoted. He is a very consistent player and there should not be any pressure on him for his place in the team because he is a player who can play responsibly and can play the big shots,” said Sanjay Bangar.
“If you have seen since 2019, if a player has been given chances at No.4 or No.5, it is Shreyas Iyer. Yes, he had a slightly below-par series in Australia but if you play so many matches, two or three failures can happen. I feel this player should continue playing all the T20 matches till the World Cup because the more confidence you give him, the better he will keep getting,” Bangar added.
“He made room to play the cover drive and then his favourite shot of going across and playing the flicks to the leg side, the balance was very good. He also played the cut shot for a huge six. So, he can play all around the wicket and he has a very good understanding. He was the player who gave himself time because of the situation and tried to play with timing and because of that was able to play a brilliant 67-run knock,” Bangar signed off.