Team India have long been experimenting with the players at No.4 slot but haven’t found much success yet. Though the top-order has been at its imperious best, the No.4 conundrum is haunting them like hell. Recently, India opened the door for Shreyas Iyer to take part in Bangladesh T20I series.
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Iyer’s effect of destruction was witnessed when he took the Bangladeshi bowling attack to cleaners alongside KL Rahul. When the top-order batsmen failed to capitalise on a fast start, Iyer turned out to be the real weapon for India. From caressing a flurry of 3 fours to launching 5 hits into the gallery, Iyer was in the league of his own when he scored a 33-ball 62.
Not to forget the fact that KL Rahul also played brilliantly alongside Shreyas Iyer. He constructed a 59-run partnership with Iyer and scored a crunch fifty in the important situation of the game. “KL Rahul provided another glimpse of why he is rated so highly with an excellent knock on a tricky surface in Nagpur. He did so by sticking to his strengths and playing conventional strokes, relying more on timing than power,” VVS Laxman wrote in his column for Times of India.
VVS Laxman feels Shreyas Iyer might be India’s reliable No.4
Shreyas Iyer’s impressive batting exploits helped India post a commendable 174/5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Impressed by his ability, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has clarified that India has finally got a reliable batsman at the No.4 slot.
“Equally impressive was Shreyas Iyer, who has gone a long way towards establishing himself as the elusive No. 4. When KL was blazing away, Shreyas was content to play second fiddle. Once he became the lead partner with a struggling Rishabh Pant for company, he took over the lead role, shifting gears effortlessly.
Not only did he showcase his ability, he also showed intelligence by targeting the sixth bowler. That’s a great combination to possess at No. 4 where, depending on the situation, you will have to embrace different avatars,” Laxman wrote while praising Shreyas Iyer.