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Iyer: Lost in Colombo, found in Indore

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What a difference just two weeks can make! As India approached the final leg of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Colombo, they faced numerous challenges and uncertainties. With seven matches left to fine-tune their team, they grappled with unresolved puzzles, fitness concerns, and finding the right combinations. However, as the days passed, India’s optimism grew, and they now seem to have found their rhythm. With Rohit Sharma poised to lead India in their last match against Australia on Wednesday, which serves as their final fixture before the World Cup commences on October 5, the team appears to be a well-settled unit that has addressed all their concerns.

Starting from their match against Pakistan, India has been steadily resolving their issues. The latest positive development is the resurgence of Shreyas Iyer, who boosted the confidence of the Indian team management with his century in the recent ODI in Indore. Shreyas had been sidelined due to a back injury since March, and his fitness for the World Cup was in doubt. He faced another setback during the Asia Cup comeback series. Despite having Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav as backup options, India patiently waited for Shreyas’s recovery, mainly because he provides a level of stability in the middle order that few others can offer.

Aside from his ability to apply pressure on the opposition in case of an early batting collapse, Shreyas excels against both pace and spin bowling. While fast bowlers may attempt to unsettle him with short-pitched deliveries, Shreyas has demonstrated in limited-overs cricket that he can handle such challenges adeptly.

What a difference just two weeks can make! As India approached the final leg of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Colombo, they faced numerous challenges and uncertainties. With seven matches left to fine-tune their team, they grappled with unresolved puzzles, fitness concerns, and finding the right combinations. However, as the days passed, India’s optimism grew, and they now seem to have found their rhythm. With Rohit Sharma poised to lead India in their last match against Australia on Wednesday, which serves as their final fixture before the World Cup commences on October 5, the team appears to be a well-settled unit that has addressed all their concerns.

Starting from their match against Pakistan, India has been steadily resolving their issues. The latest positive development is the resurgence of Shreyas Iyer, who boosted the confidence of the Indian team management with his century in the recent ODI in Indore. Shreyas had been sidelined due to a back injury since March, and his fitness for the World Cup was in doubt. He faced another setback during the Asia Cup comeback series. Despite having Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav as backup options, India patiently waited for Shreyas’s recovery, mainly because he provides a level of stability in the middle order that few others can offer.

Aside from his ability to apply pressure on the opposition in case of an early batting collapse, Shreyas excels against both pace and spin bowling. While fast bowlers may attempt to unsettle him with short-pitched deliveries, Shreyas has demonstrated in limited-overs cricket that he can handle such challenges adeptly.

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