Shreyas Iyer returns to Ranji Trophy, eyes India middle-order spot
The attacking approach is the name of the game for Shreyas Iyer. Returning to Ranji Trophy after five years, the India batter showcased his power-hitting abilities, scoring a run-a-ball 48 in Mumbai’s 10-wicket win against Andhra at home.
Battling it out at No. 5, Iyer’s brisk innings was laced with full deliveries and short ones, with as many as 75% of his runs coming on the leg side. Despite the Andhra quicks’ “negative” tactic of bowling around the wicket and short-pitched deliveries, Iyer remained unfazed.
After the game, Iyer stressed his determination to play attacking cricket, regardless of the situation. He acknowledged the challenges posed by the Andhra bowlers but remained committed to his aggressive style of play.
With a strike rate of 101.27 in ODIs and 136.12 in T20Is, Iyer has made a name for himself as an aggressive batsman. His attacking game could be crucial in the upcoming Test series against England, especially if played on spin-friendly pitches.
Despite Mumbai’s BKC Ground not offering much turn, Iyer was content with the match fitness he gained, especially after a recurring back injury in 2023. Not picked for India’s ongoing T20 series, Iyer’s focus remains on the upcoming Test series, with the aim of excelling in the first two games before looking ahead.
With competition for places in India’s middle order heating up, Iyer is relishing the challenge and looks forward to showcasing his talent and skills. After the game, he continued to hone his batting skills, underlining the determination that has made a central figure in Mumbai cricket.
During his brief career span, Iyer has played 12 Tests, leaping into the spotlight with a century and half-century on debut against New Zealand in November 2021. Currently averaging 39.27 from 20 innings, Iyer’s attacking prowess is poised to gain a greater platform in the India fold, with the focus firmly set on the upcoming Test series against England.