Indian commentator Deep Dasgupta has opined that the entry of Suryakumar Yadav in the T20 side has seen a change in the batting style of Shreyas Iyer. The former Indian cricketer believes that the healthy competition for places between Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav is likely to bring out the best from both players.
“Shreyas, for me, starts at No. 4. His ODI numbers at No. 4 are quite impressive. Yes, Surya is there. That’s a very healthy competition. And if you look at it, after Surya has come in, Shreyas’s batting in T20Is has changed. If you look at his strike rate and numbers, he is looking like a different batsman. I think that competition is going to push both the players to kind of start elevating their games and the bar they set for each other,” Dasgupta asserted.
Both Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav featured in the playing XI in the last two T20s of the five-match series against England. Yadav made notable scores of 57 and 32, while Shreyas Iyer also made valuable contributions, scoring 67 and 37.
Former Indian player VVS Laxman also spoke on the performances of both the cricketers. Laxman was particularly impressed with the way Shreyas Iyer batted at a usual batting position.
“I think it is very difficult to just choose one among both, Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer, because what really interests me was the way Shreyas Iyer batted at no. 6. He batted with authority, conviction and just understood the situation and played his shots right from the word go. Because we know that he is ideally suited for no. 4. He has done so well in both one-dayers and T20Is in that position, but for the first time I have seen him bat at no. 6, and he didn’t disappoint anyone.”
India and England are currently playing the first of the three-match ODIs series at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.