Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After going through a lean patch in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023, Team India’s number four batter Shreyas Iyer has bounced back to the form at the right time.

Iyer slammed brisk 82 runs off just 56 balls, hitting six sixes and three fours in India’s last match against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. Iyer coming back to form before the important knock-out stage is a good sign for the Men in Blue.

While, Iyer silenced his critics with his belligerent knock, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was impressed with the intent shown by the batsman.

As per the Little Master, Iyer wasn’t concerned about himself during the match.

“I think Iyer was not playing for his place in the team. He was looking to get the scoreboard ticking. He was looking to play the big shots. So, he really wasn’t concerned about himself. There were question marks about his place in the team, but he just put them to rest because of the kind of number he bats at,” said Gavaskar during an interview.

However, the legendary batsman advised Iyer to be a tad bit careful about his shot selection, especially against the short-pitched deliveries.

“Iyer just needs to be a little careful about his short selection. Otherwise, you know that’s the reason why he is at number four and not Rahul. He has set to rest all doubts about his batting with his approach against Sri Lanka,” said the former great.