In the first T20I against West Indies on 29 July, Shreyas Iyer got dismissed for a four-ball duck. He was widely criticized for the same. After left-arm bowler Akeal Hosein struck out Suryakumar Yadav in the fifth over, Iyer entered to bat. But after facing only four deliveries, the right-handed hitter was struck out by quick bowler Obed McCoy in the very next over.
This flamed many cricket fans and several cricket experts, including former legendary Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad. The criticism simply came from the selection of Iyer. Venkatesh Prasad argued that India should look at in-form players like Deepak Hooda,Sanju Samson, and Ishan Kishan to play rather than Shreyas Iyer.
He tweeted, “Some of the selection calls keeping the upcoming World T20 in mind are worth pondering. Shreyas Iyer in T20 cricket when you have Sanju Samson, Hooda and Ishan Kishan in the team is bizarre. With Virat, Rohit and Rahul definite starters, we need to work on getting the right balance.”
Prasad pushed Iyer to improve his batting abilities in the game’s shortest format in another tweet. “He is good at 50-over cricket. In T20 cricket, there are better players as of now who can get going from the word go. Shreyas will have to work hard on his skills for T20, added Prasad.”
India chose to bat first and ended up scoring 190 for 6 despite Iyer’s failure. After that, the visitors held the West Indies to 122 for 8, winning by a margin of 67 runs. Additionally, India was able to grab a critical 1-0 series lead after five games