Shreyas Iyer deserves to be given a consistent run in the Indian middle-order

24-year old Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is one of the future batting prospects for Indian cricket. The stylish and attacking top-order batsman has been in the fringes for a while and has been impressing with his performances in domestic cricket.

Shreyas, who has been selected in the limited overs series for India’s tour to the West Indies, is likely to be the vital cog in India’s middle-order on the tour. The No.4 position, especially, has been a major headache for the Indian team management for the past couple of years. That is where a batsman like Shreyas, with a sound technique and an ability to be aggressive, can fit the bill perfectly.

Shreyas has so far played 6 ODIs and 6 T20Is for India. However, to be an important part of the Indian middle-order he would need a longer rope. Despite having scores of 88 and 65 in his 5 ODI innings so far, Shreyas was dropped unceremoniously without reason since February 2018. He wasn’t given any chances since then, despite the Indian team struggling with their middle-order over a long period of time.

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Understandably, Shreyas wants to be given a longer and more consistent run at the middle-order to prove himself and being dropped after just a few games won’t allow that.

“If you are really a good talent, then you need a certain amount of chances to prove yourself and get acclimatized to the conditions,” Iyer was quoted as saying to an Indian news agency. “If you keep coming in and going out [of the team], it doesn’t really set a good pattern for one’s self and you start disbelieving yourself. If you are a great talent, then you need some time,” he added.

Shreyas has made some truly valid points. Any young talent deserves a proper run at the international level to prove himself. That he has been outspoken about it may raise some eyebrows but it doesn’t deny the fact that he is spot on.

Too many talents in India have been wasted because they weren’t given a consistent run in the team. The current Indian team management has been guilty of that. The likes of Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik have been constantly in and out of the side in the past few seasons and have hence never really been able to establish themselves in the team.

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Hopefully, after what happened in the recent World Cup, captain Virat Kohli would have learned his lesson and would give youngsters likes of Iyer and Rishabh Pant an extended run in the team.

Iyer, especially, is often overlooked despite his consistent domestic performances. Perhaps because he isn’t as flashy as the other youngsters in the team. But his numbers have always been terrific. In 54 First-class matches, he has collected 4592 runs at 52.18 with 12 hundreds and 23 fifties. He has been a consistent performer in the Indian Premier League as well for the Delhi franchise.

Also, on India A’s tour to the West Indies recently, Iyer was one of the top performers with 187 runs at 62.33 in the One-Day series.

Clearly, Shreyas Iyer has plenty of talent with the bat and is an exceptional fielder as well. He will be an asset to the current Indian side and hopefully will get proper chances in the middle to prove his mettle.

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