Shreyas Iyer played the ODI series against Australia where he was seen quite out of form and experienced an uncanny stance. The Delhi Capitals skipper only managed to score 61 runs in three ODIs. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri decided to make some changes in the T20i series as they dropping Shreyas Iyer, who was seemingly in a fine form in IPL, from the shortest format of the game.
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri got together in 2017 and since then they’ve won few series but failed to win any ICC tournament. Indian fans are seemingly very disappointed with India’s performance in recent years. India last won an ICC tournament under Mahinder Singh Dhoni in 2013 winning ICC Champions Trophy. Indian fans certainly miss MS Dhoni for this one big reason. Virat Kohli & Co. have been criticised severely for their constant choking in big stages and changing in the playing XIs, irrespective of the format. The same was witnessed this time with Shreyas Iyer. Former Indian right-handed batsmen Mohammad Kaif shared his views on constant changes in India’s playing XI and mentioned how Shreyas Iyer helped India winning New Zealand series in early 2020.
Mohammad Kaif Slams Virat Kohli & Co For Constant Changes In Playing Xl
Kaif, while speaking on Sony Sports, said “Shreyas Iyer had become your main player at one point. That he is your No.4 batsman, who finishes the game. Whether you talk about the IPL or go back to the New Zealand series, there also he finished games at No.4. He scored 50 not out or 33 not out, he was playing well at the No.4 position. He had two or three bad innings in the ODI, so they didn’t play him in the first T20I. This is the culture of the Indian team and we have all understood that. I am not surprised that he is dropped,” he added.
Kaif further said, “This is the sort of thinking of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri and the players are also understanding that. The players also know that they will get just two innings, this is the sort of team it is,” said the 40-year-old
“When we used to play with Dada, it was not like this. In Dada’s time you knew that if he has picked one player, he will play him till the time he feels he will deliver. He backed the players a lot. That is why Virat Kohli will have to think in the coming time to leave his legacy as a captain. Why we talk about Dada or why does Virender Sehwag talk about Dada? Because Dada has made that impact. Sourav Ganguly has backed us, he made a team.”
“So, when Virat Kohli leaves after 8-10 years, there should be players who take Virat Kohli name that because of him they started playing international cricket and became such big players. He has already become a great player by scoring runs but to become a great leader, he needs to think about developing players. Kohli needs to leave behind that legacy,” Mohammad Kaif added. 2002 Natwest series Hero had his say and many people agreed to it.
Virat Kohli & team won 10th consecutive T20I match which can be a huge boost for a upcoming T20 world cup. Time will speak if India will win the cup this time or Kohli & team will fall on their face again.