Misbah and Akram Analyze Shreyas Iyer’s Form and Suggest Changes in India’s World Cup 2023 Lineup

Legends Misbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram Express Concerns About Iyer’s Form and Suggest Alterations to India’s Middle Order

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31 October 2023, Mumbai: As Team India continues its remarkable six-match winning streak at the World Cup 2023, the Men in Blue appear virtually unstoppable. India has displayed their ability to defend a total successfully, even after batting first, most notably when they dismissed England for a mere 129 in a chase of 230, securing a commanding 100-run victory and topping the table. With every player delivering match-winning performances, India is confidently marching toward the World Cup final, if not the semi-finals.

Shreyas Iyer’s Struggles

Despite India ticking all the right boxes and their resounding victories, Shreyas Iyer has been one player who hasn’t quite found his rhythm. His recent scores of 0, 25, 53, 19, 33, and 4 have raised concerns about his form. With a total of 134 runs at an average of 33.5, while batting at No. 4, Iyer’s struggles are becoming more apparent. Even in the match against England, he fell victim to a short ball while attempting a pull shot, showcasing a recurring issue.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s Analysis

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has shed light on what’s ailing Shreyas Iyer and how these struggles might jeopardize his place in India’s Playing XI. Misbah suggested that once Hardik Pandya returns after recovering from injury, KL Rahul should bat at No. 4, pushing Iyer down the order. Suryakumar Yadav can take the No. 6 spot, and Ravindra Jadeja can follow at No. 7. This arrangement would make Iyer’s selection challenging.

Misbah also pointed out Iyer’s vulnerability against fast bowling, particularly the short ball. He emphasized that when your weakness becomes apparent, opposing teams will exploit it. Misbah described Iyer’s issues with his front foot, which remains stationary, and his inability to avoid short balls.

Wasim Akram Echoes Concerns

Wasim Akram, another legendary figure in Pakistan cricket, shared Misbah’s concerns about Shreyas Iyer, labeling him as ‘India’s weakest link.’ Akram mentioned Ishan Kishan as a viable alternative due to his left-handed batting style. He reminded fans of the partnership Kishan and Hardik Pandya forged in the Asia Cup, highlighting Kishan’s ability to bolster the middle order.

Suryakumar Yadav’s Success

In the midst of Iyer’s struggles, Suryakumar Yadav has made a significant impact, displaying consistency and impressive scores. Yadav’s performances at No. 6 have helped resolve the middle-order puzzle.

Shreyas Iyer’s recent form has raised concerns, with cricketing legends like Misbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram highlighting his struggles. The suggestion to reposition him in the batting order and the consideration of Ishan Kishan as an alternative reflects the dynamic nature of India’s World Cup campaign. As the tournament progresses, these strategic decisions will play a crucial role in India’s quest for World Cup glory.

By Yashika Desai

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