Star Indian middle order batter Shreyas Iyer is struggling with a poor run of form in the longest format across all formats of the game. The same dismal run is following him in the ongoing five-match Test series against England. The batter failed to make an impact in the most important Test assignment for India against the Three Lions.
Meanwhile, the former England skipper Kevin Pietersen came up with a very blunt assessment while speaking about Shreyas Iyer after the latter’s another poor outing and now in the first innings of the ongoing second Test of the five-match series against the visitors.
Iyer could score only 27 runs off 59 balls, with 3 fours on the first day of the Vizag Test before falling prey to the young England spinner Tom Hartley. Earlier in the first Test, Iyer scored only 35 and 13 runs in the first and second innings, respectively.
"These dare the boys are going to look back and regret" - Kevin Pietersen about Shreyas Iyer
“Listen, when Kohli comes back and other guys come back (KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja) and these dare the boys are going to look back and go, ‘Oh why did I not get a hundred? I had the opportunity to get the hundred’. And when you are sloppy like that, getting out doesn’t impress me at all,” said Pietersen on Jio Cinema.
“You got to really grab the game by the scruff of its neck and say I am not letting go here. I am afraid to say with Shreyas it all seems a bit too sloppy. Sloppy is the word,” he added later.
Speaking of the action of the match, India posted a total of 336 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at the time of stumps on the first day of the Vizag Test against England. Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal smashed an amazing century, scoring 179 runs off 257 balls with 17 fours and 5 sixes.