Saturday, August 10, 2019

Iyer has a chance to secure a place in second ODI against West Indies

Port of Spain, August 10 (PTI) When the Indian team takes on the field against the West Indies in the second ODI here on Sunday, all eyes will be on the performance of the talented Shreyas Iyer, who will have a chance to finish in fourth place.

Iyer did not get a chance in the playing XI in the T20 series but was part of the team in the first ODI affected by the rain. 

The match in Guyana could not be played after 13 overs and the match was called off. Now the Indian team will expect sunshine in the second ODI and the rain will not affect the match.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer

There is little chance that the Indian team will tamper with the batting order, so the Mumbai batsman will have a chance to show his talent in the second match.

Although the performance in two matches will not be enough to secure a place in the team, with good batting in these matches, he will definitely be able to reduce the pressure. Iyer recently played two half-century innings against West Indies A while playing for India A.

With the guidance of captain Virat Kohli and the support of vice-captain Rohit Sharma, the path of this captain of Delhi Capitals can be easy.

Iyer getting a chance in the middle order would mean that Lokesh Rahul would have to sit on the bench in the presence of Shikhar Dhawan in the top order.

Looking at the team combination of the first match of the series, it is known that after good batting in the top order in the World Cup, Rahul will get an opportunity as an opener in the absence of either Dhawan or Rohit.

This series is also important for Kedar Jadhav, who may be dropped from the team if he performs poorly. The pressure on the batsman of this small statue of Maharashtra will be even greater because talented young players like Shubman Gill are consistently doing well.

Many in Indian cricket believe that Jadhav does not have the right technique for batting in the upper order and he does not have the strength to get the ball across the boundary line in the last over.

For India, the left-arm spinner has managed to stop the run, but with the simultaneous presence of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI, it will be interesting to see how they will be fully utilized.

If Bhuvneshwar Kumar wants to rest, Navdeep Saini can get a chance. If the pitch is suited to the spinners, then Yuzvendra Chahal can be included in the team in place of fast bowler Khalil Ahmed.

Khalil had taken 27 runs in three overs in the first ODI. Evin Lewis made big shots easily on his shot balls. Lewis was batting at 40 while the match was stopped due to rain.

The Caribbean team would like Lewis to maintain his rhythm, while Chris Gayle would also bat as per his fame. The Jamaican explosive batsman could manage just four runs off 31 balls in the first ODI.

With the West Indies selection committee refusing to give Gayle a chance at a farewell match at his home ground, the last two matches of the series could be the last match of his illustrious career.

The teams are as follows:


India:

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khalil Ahmed and Navdeep Saini.

West Indies:

Jason Holder (Captain), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Chemo Pal, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshen Thomas and Camar Roach.

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