Shreyas Iyer’s inability to handle the short ball is no longer silent. Onboard analysts in various teams discovered that India The middle system putter can be pushed to the back foot when posting a short ball volley. No surprises, from the West Indies to New Zealand, teams don’t waste time bowling when it’s down in their creases.
One such example occurred in the first ODI in Auckland where he went out to bat and was promptly tested by Lockie Ferguson. In his reply, Iyer played a huge rave to Tom Latham’s head for six. But it was a flawed innings where he gave plenty of chances to fielders, yet managed to survive.
Speaking on Cricbuzz, former Kiwi bowler Simon Doll said he wanted to see Iyer at his best and not the one he was on display in Auckland.
“Look, I was really disappointed with the third ball. It’s not the Shreyas Iyer I want to see. I want to see him fight through those two moments but it’s tough, I get it. It’s hard. And when you’re famous for not playing short balls well, it’s not easy. It’s a place Awful to be in.”
He also added, “But I want to see him fight a little harder for it. But then he finds a way to score runs and scores them all over the place. He’s particularly aggressive against spin and tries to be. But I’m just like him when he shows a little bit of composure. It was Good innings tonight. I thought it was a very good innings after a really difficult start.”
Coming off a first-ball duck, Shreyas Iyer found elegant form for a half-century before Washington Sundar sparkled in a 16-ball 37 to guide India to a competitive total.
Besides Iyer’s 76-ball 80, Shikhar Dhawan (72 off 77 balls) and Shubman Gill (50 off 65), also hit fluent fifties after the tourists were sent out to bat.
Meanwhile, Tom Latham scored a century and Kane Williamson finished 94, as New Zealand went one step higher in the ODI series with a seven wicket win, after losing the Twenty20 series to India.