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4th T20I: Iyer, Hooda to fight for Asia Cup berth as India eye series win

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Shreyas Iyer’s performance will be under intense scrutiny as India prepare for the T20I matches against West Indies starting here on Saturday with the twin objective of winning the series and strengthening the team for the T20 World Cup. India are currently leading 2-1 in the five-match series and nothing would be more satisfying than a couple of thumping victories in front of the Indian diaspora in the United States, who are looking forward to a happy weekend cricket carnival. However, in this current system of India, if there is one person whose performance will be monitored more than anyone else, it should be Iyer.

Deepak Hooda, who has made use of most of the opportunities given to him as far as the big ticket T20 World Cup berths are concerned, is looking good to beat Iyer at the moment.

With KL Rahul and Virat Kohli making a comeback in the playing XI for the Asia Cup, time is certainly running out for the 27-year-old Mumbaikar, who has scored 0, 10 (11 balls) and 24 (27) . balls) in three matches so far in the ongoing series.

He looked clearly uneasy against the fast and rising delivery.

While the short ball is his main problem, Iyer seems to be unable to decide what pace and gear he will bat in a T20 game, something that is not the case when he is taking strike in the 50-over format. be.

Under head coach Rahul Dravid’s rule so far, no player has got a raw deal in terms of chances and given enough rope to succeed.

However, in Iyer’s case, his T20I game has not produced the result that one has seen him deliver in ODI cricket.

Still, Dravid has given Iyer nine T20I games in the last two-and-a-half months, one of which was a wash-out in Bengaluru and not a single fifty when he got his chance to come out. First 10 overs.

If Iyer gets a chance in the last two matches, he has no option but to give his best as the Asia Cup squad is in all likelihood a potential team for the T20 World Cup as well.

Even if Iyer makes it to the Asia Cup or the T20 World Cup, there is little chance of him making the first XI in the top-order.

Likely to be available for Rohit

While Suryakumar Yadav’s awe-inspiring shots left everyone stunned and seen with diverse eyes, he is expected to keep his skipper Rohit Sharma for company at the top of the order.

In the third game at Basseterre, Rohit was forced to retire with a back spasm when he was batting on 11 and it was a precautionary measure with a gap of three days between games.

The Indian skipper would like to continue his recent good form and positive intent in the remaining two games, but at the same time he will have the best seat to judge the form of some of his batsmen.

Rishabh Pant has been looking good in all his short stints at the crease and doesn’t mind putting up a big performance in front of a packed crowd at the Central Broward Park Stadium.

Avesh’s compulsion to play due to Harshal’s injury

Avesh Khan has been taken to the clean in the last two games but the Dravid-Rohit duo has no other option but to stick with the MP pacer as Harshal Patel is completely out of action with his rib injury. Haven’t been able to recover.

Avesh has been a bit one-dimensional throughout his career, bowling either too little or too much to give the batsmen enough time to work on pace or play full-blooded drives.

It will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav gets a match in the series and if India plays as an extra spinner in case Harshal is not fit on time.

Team India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Parel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh , Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Shamrah Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akil Hossein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Meyers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul , Romario Shepherd, Odeon Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh.

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The match will start at 8 pm IST.

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