Shreyas Iyer’s weakness is short pitches and bouncer balls which is a common thing now. But Shreyas’ misfortune is that this weakness of his has started to be known locally. Shreyas, who played in the Ranji Trophy match against Andhra Pradesh, was also tested by the Andhra bowlers.
In South Africa they sent him empty on bouncer balls. Following this, Shreyas was released from the T20 series against Afghanistan and sent to play in the Ranji Trophy. The reason is that he has to prepare for the England series. England are training hard this time with the intention of destroying any pittance. England overthrew the Australian batsmen in the short pitch bowling strategy. It can be hoped that once the balls are worn out on Indian pitches that do not swing now, they will stop 6 fielders in the leg direction and plan to overturn India in the short pitch strategy.
After this, the Indian team management asked Shreyas to play in Ranji. Mumbai batted first on a green top pitch yesterday. Shreyas went down at 130/3. Domestic cricket teams know that he is a weak player against short-pitched, bouncer balls but does not show it and drives other full-length balls to the boundary and scores runs at a quick pace. Yesterday, as soon as he got down, he flicked the leg direction, then tossed it over long-on and started with a boundary.
Knowing that Shreyas was on course for a big century, Andhra skipper Ricky Phooey strategized for some brilliant short-pitched deliveries. Shreyas, who faced the first two balls with ease, saw that the pace of the pitch was low and started driving the short pitches to the boundary. Andhra captain Ricky Phooey then set up a more aggressive field. That is, long leg, deep backward square leg, deep forward square leg, short square leg, deep third man, deep point, he set the field strategy for short pitched balls. With many spaces in the off direction empty, Shreyas was put to the test of high balls without worry.
In this case, Shreyas, who missed a few balls, finally fell into the trap set by Andhra Pradesh. Nitish Kumar Reddy bowled a wide ball during a short-pitch trial. Shreyas hit it and edged it to the wicketkeeper and got out in 48 balls. Andhra captain’s plan worked out. Andhra’s best bowler of the day was right-arm fast bowler Nitish Kumar Reddy. Earlier he bowled Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane on an inswinging yorker and dismissed him for a duck. He has taken 5 wickets so far.
Shreyas Iyer will also have a bouncer test in the England series. But Shreyas’ strength is not to bat full-length balls and over-pitched balls while waiting for short-pitched balls like other players. Ekiru is a player with the mentality that let’s see when the balls are coming and react to the direction and length of the balls for now. But, ‘Are you Andhra?’ He asked Mind Voice yesterday.