In the opening ODI of the series in Port of Spain, Team India defeated the West Indies by a narrow margin of three runs. India nearly lost the match in the last overs after making a good total of 308/7 in 50 overs after Romario Shepherd took on the bowlers, but Mohammed Siraj maintained his composure and successfully defended 15 runs in the final over.
Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and vice-captainall scored more than 50 runs as batters.
Iyer struck an excellent 54 after being reinstated to the ODI XI after missing the previous two matches against England earlier this month. Iyer continues to play for India in all three formats of the game, although Suryakumar Yadav’s strong play over the past several months has limited Iyer’s opportunities to play in white-ball matches. Therefore, Iyer is “in danger” of losing his playing XI berth, according to Ajit Agarkar.
Shreyas Iyer Needs To Work On His Short Ball Issue: Ajit Agarkar
“Things have changed, haven’t they? He is the one guy who is in danger of losing his spot a little bit. We know how well Suryakumar Yadav has played. Besides, there’s another problem, a couple of things that he needs to work on include his short-ball issue,” Agarkar said during his on-air stint on FanCode.
“One thing he did today was that he left the (short) ball. You can only bowl two bouncers. So, you better get out of the way because that shot (pull) doesn’t come naturally to him. Once he’s set, maybe then he can play those deliveries. So, that’s the one shot he shouldn’t try too early. He has got enough ability,” Agarkar further said.