Last Update on: September 23rd, 2023 at 04:14 pm
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra talked about Shreyas Iyer’s form in the ODIs. He pointed out that no one knows about his form yet and if he doesn’t perform in the next two games against Australia then it’ll be a big trouble for India.
Shreyas Iyer has had a tough last few months. The batter was out for a while due to a back injury and then made a comeback in the Asia Cup 2023 following his surgery. He batted just one innings in the tournament before he suffered a back spasm and then didn’t play any further games in the tournament.
Shreyas Iyer again made a return to the team in the first ODI against Australia. But it wasn’t a great outing for them as he got run out. Check its form is one of the major boxes that India would’ve hoped to tick in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.
However, the first game in Mohali gave bi answers to the team management as he was back in the hut for just 3 runs, courtsey of miscommunication with Shubman Gill. With Shreyas lyer not living up to the expectations, it’ll be a concern for the team.
Aakash Chopra said that the last two games will be important for Shreyas Iyer and if he doesn’t perform then questions will be pondered about who to play in the middle order. Speaking in a video posted on his YouTube channel, he explained:
“Shreyas Iyer got run out, so we don’t really know about his form. There are only two matches left now and if India are unable to find out about his form, they will be in trouble. There are questions to ponder in the middle order. [KL] Rahul is playing well, but what about Shreyas and Ishan Kishan? One of them will play in the middle order.”
Suryakumar batting at five instead of Kishan or Shreyas Iyer is also a possibility – Aakash Chopra
Suryakumar Yadav was one of the biggest positives for India in the first ODI against Australia. He batted staggering well and slammed a half-century that set guided India to the five-wicket win.
Aakash Chopra credited Suryakumar Yadav for his heroics in the first game and popped up a suggestion, saying that he can play ahead of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer at No.5. He explained:
“Everyone in the team management showed faith in him because he is a good player. And Suryakumar Yadav batted quite well. He finds gaps and puts pressure on the bowlers. A lot of times, he plays scoops, but this time he played strokes down the ground.
“He needs to do this regularly in ODIs and, if he does that, his ability to score runs in ODIs will increase manifold. Suryakumar batting at five instead of Kishan or Shreyas is also a possibility. That is of course if Suryakumar finds the ODI template. He has made a start.”
India won the first game of the series by the margin of 5 wickets. They will be next seen in action during the second ODI, which will take place on 24 September.