After piling up tons of runs in the domestic circuit, right-hand batsman Shreyas Iyer earned his maiden call-up to the Indian ODI team for the 2017 home series against Sri Lanka. He composed an excellent 88-run knock in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, which in turn helped him to find a place in the Indian squad for the following ODI series in South Africa. After a decent performance in the Rainbow nation, it seemed like Iyer will certainly be a key contender in the team’s scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup. However, post that South African tour, the Mumbai batsman suddenly found himself out of the reckoning.
Shreyas was overlooked for the following ODI series in England, Australia and New Zealand. Although in this period, his performance at the domestic level has not been affected. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he recorded a remarkable tally of 484 runs at an impressive average of 60.5 and with a powerful strike-rate of 152.50. In the 20-overs competition, Shreyas Iyer also smashed two spectacular hundreds in successive innings.
I am excited to catch up with Iyer
Team India’s No.4 conundrum seems to be a never-ending mystery. India have tried a number of options at the No.4 spot in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. The likes of Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik and many others in the recent times, but they are yet to find a suitable batsman for the crucial middle-order position. Ambati Rayudu is the recent name in the No.4 conundrum for India.
Indian team management have also tried Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar at the No.4 spot, but both of them failed to grab the headlines. Former Aussie cricket and the current Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has an answer for India’s unsolved No.4 issues. During a recent interview, Ponting picked Shreyas Iyer to bat at number four for India in the 2019 World Cup.
“They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying in an interview.