India’s middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer has been in a poor run of form in Test cricket for the last couple of matches, registering only a score of 187 runs in 12 innings with a below-par average of 17.00. He has also struggled so far in the ongoing five-match Test Series against England.
In the same line of events, he has also been dropped from India’s squad for the upcoming three Tests of the remainder of the series against the Three Lions. The selectors have picked some youngsters in the Indian squad for the remaining part of the series.
Meanwhile, former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar has come up with a blunt analysis while speaking about Shreyas Iyer’s poor batting form in the longest format of the game.
“He has got to work on his defensive game” – Sanjay Manjrekar about Shreyas Iyer
Manjrekar spoke in a bit of a warning tone while suggesting some better steps to follow for Shreyas Iyer to make himself relevant at the highest level of the game across all the formats.
“Iyer has to decide which are the formats he is going to try and excel in. If Tests continue to be his priority, then he has got to work on his defensive game whether it's pace and bounce or spin. Develop a game where he is confident in defence and then when he takes the aggressive route it is an extension of the defensive play where he is trying to dominate and not escape pressure by playing a counter-attacking game,” said Manjrekar to ESPN Cricinfo.
“Rahul definitely comes in for a batter. Have no idea what the team management and the selectors are thinking about the keeper. Before Rishabh Pant comes and takes his rightful place in the Test squad, would like to have a look at some of the other options India have,” he added later.