Putting on the pressure
Aside from his ability to put pressure on his opponent in case of early failure, Shreyas is equally good against both pace and spin. Of course, fast bowlers will try to load him up with short passes, but in limited overs, Shreyas has shown he can overcome those challenges.
In the middle-order, with K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya alongside him, and flexibility being paramount, Shreyas provides much-needed balance. In the middle-order, where spinners will be the main focus, India can dictate the pace with Shreyas. In the last two weeks, India’s only unresolved problem remains how its batting lineup will stand up to spinners in slow, spinners-friendly conditions. In such conditions, India’s main problem has been its inability to rotate the batting, leading to spot-kicks and pressure. While Suryakumar Yadav, who is certainly showing signs of flourishing in this format, is also equally good Against spinners, Shreyas still seems ahead, especially due to his versatility.
His Sunday innings, in which he scored 105 runs in 90 knocks, is a classic strike that India expect their No. 4 to make in early wins. With a lack of left-arm spinners, it was easy for the spinners to tie down the Indian batsmen, especially since they don’t usually use their feet to walk down the track, in the middle overs. Shreyas, on the other hand, is an exception. The 28-year-old uses his feet well and prefers to operate against spinners over the top. In addition, he can bat both with and against the turn. In the last game, he put pressure on leg-spinner Adam Zampa on a number of occasions by going over mid-wicket and forcing him to change the line.
That his return to form will add to the headache is a different matter altogether, especially if the top-order is in good shape. With that being the case, India may consider Shreyas a dewy-eyed manKoshyu and introduce Suryakumar to the #6 position to do more damage.
Wednesday will be another opportunity for India to finally assess how the team stacks up. With Rohit and Virat Kohli back in action, India, who have just 13 players at their disposal, will not have a full-fledged strike force. We have a lot of ailing and unavailable players. A lot of players haveThey had personal problems, so they went home and a few guys have been rested as well. We have 13 players at the moment, Rohit said at the pre-match press conference.
With no players in the squad, India are likely to bring in a couple of local players from Saurashtra as reserves. While Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur have been left out of the squad, Axar Patel, who was expected to join the team for the ODIs, is yet to recover. Rohit added that several players have fallen ill with a viral illness. There are some viruses in the team too. So there is a lot of uncertainty in the team right now and we are Can’t help, he added.
With both teams facing off in the World Cup in less than 10 days, Rajkot will be a dress rehearsal of sorts. Even though both teams are missing several key players, Wednesday will be an important match to exchange psychological blows.