"They'll clap, but won’t spare you": Madan Lal urges Shreyas Iyer to work on short ball issue before T20 WC

The T20 World Cup 2022 will be played in Australia in October-November.

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Madan Lal, the former Indian cricketer, believes that Shreyas Iyer can be part of Team India’s squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022, but he must find a way to score against the fast bowlers if he wants to survive in Australia.

The 27-year-old is a brilliant batter against the spinners, but when it comes to the fast bowlers, his story doesn’t impress anyone. His struggle against the short balls continues, and he even struggled a lot in the recent five-match T20I series against South Africa at home.

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The right-hand batter scored 12*, 2, 38, and 19 in his four outings against South Africa, and most of his runs came against the spinners, which is really a cause of concern for India and the batter himself as well, especially keeping in mind the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022.

Australian conditions favor fast bowlers most, and the 1983 World Cup-winning cricketer said that if Iyer can’t fix his weakness against the short ball from fast bowlers, then opponents will make his life difficult in Australia if he is picked for the ICC event later this year.

Madan Lal told Sports Tak: “In international cricket if you have a weakness, oppositions will surely go after it (Shreyas Iyer’s short-ball weakness). Forget that they won’t.”

He added, “Now he has to sort out himself, has to find out a way. Even if he scores a 100, they (Australians) will clap, but they won’t spare you. There is no mercy here. They will keep bowling short to him. With the kind of technology that exists, any team keeps a strong track of the opposition.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 21 Jun, 2022

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