Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan thinks Shreyas Iyer must resolve his troubles with the short ball if he wants to continue playing for his country. 

In the current rescheduled fifth Test match alone, the Indian middle-order batsman was dismissed twice after getting caught in short ball traps, continuing a trend of dismissals that have gone beyond the mere pattern. 

Late in 2021, Shreyas Iyer joined the Test squad and instantly put his name forward for a possible position in the middle order. 

Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer Got A Problem With The Short Ball: Michael Vaughan

The 27-year-old, who played his first four Tests at home, established himself with a string of good performances. Iyer’s genuine weaknesses, meanwhile, are exposed in foreign conditions against a strong bowling assault. 

Iyer has a significant problem to cope with, as Vaughan acknowledged on Cricbuzz: 

“Iyer has got a problem with the short ball, let’s not beat around the bush. No matter what he plays, T20, ODI or Test cricket, he is going to get bounced. “ 

Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)

Vaughan added: 

“If he goes to the T20 World Cup in Australia on those big wickets, guess what all the other teams are going to do to him. He’s got an issue, a real issue and for him to continue playing at this level, he’s gonna have to iron it out.” 

Iyer had a lot of difficulty playing against players like Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, even in the most recent T20I home series against South Africa. 

Iyer’s flaw was further highlighted by the presence of Brendon McCullum, a former coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in the opposing side’s dugout. The two were teammates in the IPL 2022. 

India 40-50 Runs Short: Michael Vaughan

India was prepared to bat for the duration of the last Test day because they had the upper hand on Day 3 at Stumps. 

Ben Stokes’ remarkable last effort helped England successfully bowl out India for 245, despite India’s robust response.

Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)

Vaughan argued that India ought to have batted longer and given England a far higher target: 

“India were too fragile with the bat today, too easy for England to get the wickets, too many mistakes. They should have got at least 420-430. They only needed one more partnership.” 

The runs were halted by Rishabh Pant’s premature dismissal and Ravindra Jadeja’s odd strategy with the tail order. 

India, who set a goal of 378, is in danger of losing the Edgbaston Test since England is only 119 runs away after Day 4. 

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