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Iyer, Hooda to fight for Asia Cup berth as India eyes series win

Deepak Hooda, who has made the most of the opportunities that have come his way, is poised to beat out Iyer for India’s coveted spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

A lot will be expected of Shreyas Iyer as India prepares to play two Twenty20 Internationals against the Windies, the first of which begins on Saturday. The goal is to win the series while also securing a spot in India’s World Cup roster. There’s nothing more rewarding than a couple of emphatic victories in front of America’s Indian diaspora, which is eagerly awaiting a fun cricket festival this weekend. Iyer’s performance will be scrutinised more than anyone else in the current Indian setup, however.

It appears like Hooda, who has capitalised on most of his chances, has the upper hand over Iyer in the T20 World Cup race at the present.

Time is running out for the 27-year-old Mumbaikar, who has scores of 0, 10 (11 balls), and 24 (27 balls) in the three games so far in the present series. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are scheduled to return to the playing eleven for the Asia Cup.

He appeared to be struggling to keep up with the rapid and escalating delivery.

Aside from the short ball, Iyer’s inability to pick at what pace and gear to bat in a T20 game stands out, since he is able to do so when taking strike in a 50-over game.

Dravid’s reign thus far has given no player a rough deal in terms of chances or time to flourish.

Iyer, on the other hand, hasn’t had the same success in T20I as he has in ODI cricket thus far.


Aside from one wash-out in Bengaluru, Dravid has handed Iyer nine T20I matches in the last two and half months, and not a single fifty-plus score has come from any of those matches in which Iyer has been given opportunity to come out within first 10 overs.

With two games remaining, Iyer has little choice but to put his best foot forward, since the Asia Cup team is most likely to also be the team that will compete in the T20 World Cup.

A place in the starting XI is extremely unlikely, even if Iyer is selected for the Asia Cup or the T20 World Cup.

Rohit is most likely to become accessible at this point.

All eyes will be on Rohit Sharma at the top of the order after Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning strokes.

With a three-day interval between games in Basseterre, Rohit had to retire hurt with a back spasm when he was batting at No. 11 in the third game.

With two games left, India’s skipper hopes to carry on his recent good form and optimistic attitude, but he also has a front-row seat from which to assess the form of some of his batsmen.

A crowded Central Broward Park Stadium would be ideal for Rishabh Pant, who has performed admirably in all of his brief appearances at the crease.

Due to Harshal’s injury, playing Avesh has become a necessity.

However, with Harshal Patel still recovering from his rib-cage injury, it’s unlikely that Dravid-Rohit will drop Avesh Khan, who has been humiliated twice in the last three games.

Batters have plenty of opportunity to work on their speed or play the full-blooded drive when Avesh bowls either too short or too full.

What if Kuldeep Yadav gets a game and India use an additional spinner in the event that Harshal is unable to recover in time?

Axar Parel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav and Arshdeep Singh are the other members of the Indian team. They are captain Rohit Sharma and have the following players: Shreyas Iyer, Shreyas Yadav and Deepak Hooda. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant are the other members of the team. Among the West Indies players are Nicholas Pooran (captain), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh.

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