Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian batter, is concerned about the form of Indian captain Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. Pant hasn’t exactly reached the same heights for India in T20Is as he has in Tests.
Even after 40 innings, he has a strike rate of just over 126 and a batting average of just over 23. With the T20 World Cup less than six months away, Manjrekar believes the 24-year-old may need to get among the runs quickly.
Shreyas Iyer Is Feeling The Pressure: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar also mentioned the pressure Iyer might be under in a video broadcast on his Twitter account, given the fact that players like Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli will certainly return to the side. He stated, “India didn’t get enough runs in Vizag, bowlers saved the night. Pant’s lack of runs is a worry. Like he does in Tests may be Pant could try and bat in ‘Sukoon’ in T20s too. SR will never be an issue with him. Shreyas Iyer might be getting a bit bogged down with several other batters breathing down his neck, he might be feeling the pressure.”
The slow surface in the third T20I between India and South Africa at Visakhapatnam (Vizag), according to Manjrekar, helped the Indian slower bowlers get into the game.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, and Harshal Patel combined for eight wickets and only 73 runs in their combined 12 overs.
Sanjay Manjrekar had this to say about it: “Just in the nick of time, India snatched a win to stay alive in this five-match T20I series. Fortune too smiled on the Indian team and that was in the shape of the pitch that was served in Vizag. “It was a rough pitch, which meant that it suited the game-changing bowlers in the Indian team, the two spinners and Harshal Patel, who clinches the big moments with his go-to delivery, the slower ball.”
The fourth T20I between India and South Africa will be played today in Rajkot at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The Men in Blue are currently down 2-1 to the Proteas and will be seeking to rally.
The Rajkot pitch has a history of being a batting paradise, so expect a high-scoring game tonight.