Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar’s Potential Inclusion in Raipur T20

Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar’s potential inclusion in the upcoming T20 sparks excitement. Discover the strategic choices for the Indian squad in Raipur.

Ahead of the fourth India-Australia T20I match, former India left-arm fast-bowler Ashish Nehra expressed optimism about pacer Prasidh Krishna finding better form. Krishna faced challenges in the third game, conceding 68 runs in a dew-laden second innings at the Barsapara Cricket Ground, marking the most expensive figures for an Indian bowler in a T20I match.

Despite not featuring in the white-ball matches for the South Africa tour, Krishna’s name appears in the India Test squad and the India A squad for the first four-day game and an inter-squad three-day match. Nehra, acknowledging Krishna’s talent, stated, “He’s one of India’s future stars, and let’s hope that from here he’s only going to get better.”

Nehra highlighted Krishna’s ability to bowl a good yorker, emphasizing the challenges of wet grounds and flat pitches. He expressed confidence in Krishna’s skills, especially in adverse conditions. With the inclusion of Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar in the squad for the upcoming match in Raipur, Nehra believes they might get a chance to play, emphasizing India’s investment in Ruturaj Gaikwad as an opener.

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Discussing Gaikwad’s role, Nehra noted, “Even in the T20 format, you require solidity, and that’s what Ruturaj Gaikwad brings to the table. He’s someone who can play all three formats. He has clean cricketing shots. The kind of elegance Ruturaj shows is just unbelievable.”

Analysing India’s defeat in Guwahati, former Australia cricketer Simon Katich suggested that stand-in captain Suryakumar Yadav consider using a sixth bowling option for unpredictability later in the innings. While praising Yadav’s captaincy and batting, Katich highlighted the impressive performances of Avesh Khan and Axar Patel, expressing the desire for more from Arshdeep Singh and Prasidh Krishna.