The batting order of Shreyas Iyer has become a matter of debate to many in the ongoing series.
One of the talented middle-order batsmen of Team India in the limited-overs format and the captain of Delhi Capitals in the Indian premier League – Shreyas Iyer has been pushed down the order in the ongoing T20I series against England. In the first match he batted at number five and scored 67 runs and he batted in that position for the next game too.
However, Shreyas Iyer batted at number six in the third and fourth T20I respectively whereas he usually bats at number three in the cash-rich IPL. And for him, this is nothing but a sort of demotion as well. And, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has shared that with the presence of swashbuckling batsman Rishabh Pant, youngster Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav at the top of the batting order, Iyer doesn’t have many choices as well.
“He does not have any other option.” – Aakash Chopra on Shreyas Iyer
“He does not have any other option. As they say, if you are pushed into the water, you don’t have any other option but to swim as the other option is to drown. So he has to bat at whatever position given to him,” Chopra expressed to ESPNCricinfo. “He was batting at No.5 there, now he is batting at No.6. No.6 is not the right spot for him, he has batted well, you need to pat his back but he is not a long-term option at the position you are making him bat.”
“Shreyas Iyer is making the best use of the opportunity given to him but it is not the best number for him and it is slightly a problem of their own making because there are so many top-order batsmen that even Kohli is not getting to bat at his preferred batting slot,” Chopra further added.
On the other hand, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav both played stunning knocks in their debut series. While Ishan smashed a fifty in his debut match, Yadav did it in his second game and helped India levelled the series. Currently, both India and England stand at 2-2 and the decider will take place in Ahmedabad on March 20.