Let’s start with Shreyas Iyer’s basic introduction, Iyer is a 26-year-old right-handed batsman who basically plays at the top order. Iyer plays for the Delhi Capitals team in the Indian Premier League and has been a top-notch player when it comes to domestic cricket.
His good performance in domestic formats has been the reason for his selection in the senior Indian men’s cricket team aka the men in blue. Iyer’s name being shortlisted for the tour of West Indies was not much of a surprise. Iyer has been waiting for his chance patiently and for sure now is his time. When the squad for the Caribbean team was announced, it was clear that this tour was meant to be an opportunity for a new team India. Virat Kohli being the captain, the responsibility for training a team with entirely new faces along with some seniors was on his shoulders.
He has definitely done his job well. India won the T-20 series with 3-0. But Iyer was not given an opportunity to play in any of the matches. India has been struggling with the middle order batting line up. Especially the batsman number four. Now let’s look at Rishabh Pant, he has been coming up at middle position but was not able to deliver much in the first two T-20 matches. Though he did quite well in the third T-20 by scoring 65* (42), one could see that his play was not consistent.
Now Iyer had been waiting for his chance, unfortunately the rain Gods did not let the first One day international against West Indies proceed beyond a few overs. The Indian team could not bat. In second ODI, Iyer went on to justify his position in the team. After both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed to give the team a decent start, it was Iyer along with skipper Kohli who made India score a decent total at the scoreboard.
Iyer was batting at number 5 and played a confident knock of 71 runs in 68 balls hitting 5 fours and 1 six at a strike rate of 104.41. Along with Kohli’s 120 in 125 balls, India reached to a total of 279/7. Iyer surely would have gone on to hit a hundred if it weren’t for Jason Holder who sent him back to the pavilion. This is Iyer’s 3rd half-century in ODIs.
Iyer also had a successful stint from India A side against West Indies which preceded this tour. After this match, many experienced cricketers have come forward and praised Iyer and it would be ideal if Iyer gets to play at number 4 instead of Rishabh Pant.