On 20 November 2022, team India locked horns with the Kiwis in Mount Maunganui for the second match of the ongoing three-match T20I series. However, the first match of the series got abandoned in Wellington due to heavy rain. So, fans were hoping to see a winning start from the Men in Blue. Meanwhile, they did not disappoint fans as they defeated New Zealand by 65 runs.
All big-name players took a rest from this tour. Hence, Hardik Pandya got the opportunity to lead the team in the T20I series. Shreyas Iyer also made a comeback in this series. But, he did not manage to score big in this match. Despite winning the match, the former Kiwi player, Simon Doull came up with a huge allegation against the star Indian batter.
“Shreyas Iyer. Why is he not bowling a lot of off-spin?” – Simon Doull
While speaking to the official broadcaster of this series during the second T20I, Simon Doull said more genuine batters like Shreyas Iyer needs to learn how to bowl. That will help Hardik Pandya, the leader in using them as another bowling option in a match. He said: “That has always been the problem.”
“When Hardik was injured…what do we do next? I mean, Shardul did a great job in the Test series in Australia. These guys around will do. But I am talking about the genuine batters. Shreyas Iyer. Why is he not bowling a lot of off-spin? Not that there are any shortage of spinners in the Indian team to go and learn how to bowl off spin. Why is he not doing it. That is my question around the situation. These young guys need to know what their future is,” Simon Doull concluded.
Speaking of the match, India batted first and scored 191 runs for six wickets in 20 overs. In reply, New Zealand got bundled out for 126 runs in 18.5 overs. Suryakumar Yadav won the player of the match award for scoring 111* runs off 51 balls. Shreyas Iyer scored only 13 runs off nine balls, including one four and one six. However, after the match, Hardik Pandya also claimed that he will love to see more batters getting chipped in with the ball. “I have bowled a lot, going forward I want to see more bowling options. Not always that this will work but I want more batters to chip in with the ball,” Pandya concluded.