New Delhi, Vikas Gaur. The story of India’s flop in the World Cup 2019 revolved around the number four batsman, as India did not have a number four batsman for a long time before that. In such a situation, the selectors gave Shreyas Iyer a chance at number four in limited overs and Shreyas Iyer, who was consistently performing in domestic cricket, was given a chance in India’s ODI and T20 International cricket.

By the way, Shreyas Iyer had traveled with India’s Test, ODI and T20 team in 2017 itself. In Test cricket, he was Virat Kohli’s backup in the Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia, while he made his T20 and One Day International debuts. However, he got out after playing 6 matches in T20 International cricket and 6 matches in One Day International cricket as well.

Iyer remembered

The Indian team management and selectors remembered Shreyas Iyer when the team faced criticism for batting at No 4 as it gave chances to Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu (fewer chances) and Rishabh Pant at No. Gone, but the batsman did not work. After the ODI World Cup 2019, Shreyas Iyer was selected in the team and he returned to the team showing a strong game.

Right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer had scored four half-centuries in four consecutive matches against West Indies after the World Cup 2019. His performance in T20 series was also good. On the basis of this, he became a part of the limited overs series and continued to play under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. However, during this time Shreyas Iyer could not remain active in domestic cricket and stayed away from first-class cricket.

Big trouble in 2021

At the same time, in 2021 he saw a lot of ups and downs. Shreyas Iyer was injured in the home limited overs series against England as he dislocated his shoulder. He had to undergo surgery for this and in the meantime he had to be out of the half season of IPL 2021 and also lost the captaincy. However, he made a comeback in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka.

Shreyas Iyer’s performance in the ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka was average. It was believed that Shreyas Iyer would be made the captain in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, but it did not happen. Shikhar Dhawan became the captain of the team. The surprising thing was that Delhi Capitals did not hand over the captaincy to Shreyas Iyer even after being available in the second half of IPL 2021.

No place in T20 World Cup squad!

Apart from this, Shreyas Iyer also got a setback when he was selected in the team for the T20 World Cup 2021, but he was not given a chance in the final fifty. Shreyas Iyer was kept with the team as a reserve batsman. Apart from this, he was selected for the T20 series against New Zealand, but could not show anything special. In such a situation, he was criticized for his Test debut.

Shreyas Iyer had not done well this year in limited overs cricket nor had he been playing first-class cricket for a long time. In such a situation, his Test debut was the center of criticism, but Shreyas Iyer proved that he had such talent, which could not be suppressed under any criticism. Shreyas Iyer scored a brilliant century in his Test debut against New Zealand. He played an innings of 105 runs.

Edited By: Vikash Gaur