New Delhi. Team India has to play 3 T20 series against Afghanistan from January 11. The Indian team has been announced for this. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have returned to the Indian T20 team after 14 months. But, Shreyas Iyer has not been selected in the team for the series against Afghanistan. Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has raised questions regarding this.
Akash said that Shreyas Iyer was made the vice-captain of the Indian T20 team for the T20 series against Australia but now he was not selected for the Afghanistan series. What kind of selection is happening?
Shreyas Iyer was not part of the Indian T20 team’s plans last year. He was selected as vice-captain in the team for the last 2 matches of the home T20 series against Australia. He played an inning of 53 runs in the final T20 played in Bangalore. After this, his place in the playing-11 of the Indian T20 team was considered confirmed.
Iyer was also selected in the team for the 3 T20 series played on the South Africa tour. But, he did not get a chance to play in even a single match and now he was out of the series against Afghanistan.
Iyer was nominated as the Vice-Captain for the 5-match T20i series vs Australia. Was a part of the squad against SA too.
Now, finds no place in the team vs Afghanistan.
Dubey was in the squad vs Aus at home. Wasn’t picked for SA. Back in the team vs AFG.
Also, where is Ishan…
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 8, 2024
Why was Shreyas not selected against Afghanistan: Akash
Regarding this, Aakash Chopra wrote a post on X (formerly Twitter), "Iyer was made the vice-captain of the Indian team for the 5 T20 series against Australia. He was also a part of the Indian team for the series against South Africa. But, he was not included in the team against Afghanistan."
‘Why was Shivam Dubey selected on the South Africa tour?’
Akash not only found Shreyas Iyer’s non-selection a shocking decision, but he was also surprised by Shivam Dubey’s return to the team. He wrote, Shivam Dubey was part of the Indian team for the T20 series against Australia. But, he was not selected for the T20 series against South Africa and now he returned to the team for the Afghanistan series. Where is Ishan Kishan? Any news regarding their availability?
Iyer’s troubles against pace and bounce in Test cricket are well known. But, this certainly cannot be a criteria for being dropped from the T20 team. An obvious reason for dropping Iyer is the return of Rohit and Kohli. If they occupy two spots in the top three, then there is really not much room for Iyer, but shouldn’t the selectors have thought about this before recalling Iyer for the home series against Australia and that too as a sub. -As captain?