Ambati Rayudi after Iyer ala! Surya like this… two down problem for Team India!

First Published Mar 19, 2023, 5:03 PM IST

There is fierce competition for the opener position in Team India. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill… if not one, each other is ready to open. But the two down position has become a desperate problem for Team India for many years…

After the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Team India has been waiting for many years for the right player to bat at number four. Some years Suresh Raina batted in that position but played most of the matches at No.5 and No.6 positions.

Ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup, Ambati Rayudu has shown a consistent performance at number four and has become the right player for that position. However, he did not get a place in the squad selected for the ODI World Cup 2019 tournament. Ambati Rayudu, who expected to get a call even after Shikhar Dhawan’s injury, got depressed as the selectors ignored him and retired…

Shreyas Iyer

Team India used players like Manish Pandey at number four after Ambati Rayudhi. But none of them were very successful. But Shreyas Iyer, born with tons of such talent for what kind of batting is needed for ODIs, looks like a perfect two-down player for Team India.

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With a consistent performance, Virat Kohli looked like the next captain of Team India. But an injury changed his entire career graph. Shreyas Iyer, who was injured in March 2021, has since been consistently sidelined by injury more than performance…

In these two years Shreyas Iyer has missed more matches due to injury than the number of matches he has played. Team India is playing Suryakumar Yadav, who has a record of two down player in T20s, in Shreyas Iyer’s place… But in ODIs, he is utter flop…


Suryakumar Yadav was ducked in the first two ODIs against Australia. Moreover, Surya failed in all three matches in the one-day series against New Zealand before the Test series.

It is clear that Surya’s style is not set for ODIs. Shreyas Iyer is not available for the team due to consecutive injuries. However, the selectors of Team India are not paying attention to Sanju Samson, who is excelling in ODIs. Also, they are not interested in using talented players like Rahul Tripathi…

Sanju Samson-Shreyas Iyer

Rohit Sharma – Rahul Dravid, who have experimented with various openers… If there is no Shreyas Iyer, it seems that Suryakumar Yadav should be played only at number four. That’s why they are not showing much interest in playing new players.


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