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3 reasons why Shreyas Iyer is crucial for India’s T20I plans

By Bet Barter

July 8, 2021

Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is set to play the 2nd half of the IPL this season. Iyer skipped the 1st leg of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury. Iyer’s return from injury will also be a huge boost for Team India ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. Iyer has performed well for India in the shortest format of the game. In 29 T20I matches for India, Shreyas Iyer has scored a total of 550 runs. Here are 3 reasons why Shreyas Iyer is crucial for India’s T20I plans ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

3. Provides stability to the middle order

Shreyas Iyer’s return to the Indian T20I team will provide a lot of stability to the batting lineup. Iyer could bat for India at the no 5 spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Iyer is renowned for his batting technique and is considered one of the most talented Indian batsmen. Clearly, Iyer’s addition to India’s batting lineup can work wonders for Team India in the upcoming T20 World cup.

2. The right balance of caution and aggression

Shreyas Iyer is well known for his hard-hitting ability in the shortest format of the game. However, Shreyas Iyer is also one of the most composed batsmen in the T20I format. Iyer’s calm mentality will provide great value to Team India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

1. Allows Virat Kohli the opportunity to open for India

If Shreyas Iyer bats at the middle order for Team India, it could provide Virat Kohli an opportunity to open for India. Virat Kohli has been superb for India at the no 3 spot. However, there is a strong chance that Kohli could perform in a similar fashion as an opener for India in the T20I format. The opening partnership of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has the potential to destroy any bowling lineup with relative ease. It will be quite interesting to see how Kohli performs as an opener for India if given the opportunity.

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