‘Tough call not to pick Shreyas Iyer’

18 February 2022, 11:05 am
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India white-ball captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that it was very hard on Shreyas Iyer on not making it to the playing XI in the first T20I against West Indies but the team management was very clear with the batter that the side needs an all-round option in the middle-order slot going into the T20 World Cup in Australia.

The 27-year-old Shreyas, who was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 12.25 crore in the mega auction, on Wednesday was named the captain of the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022. However, it was a mixed bag day for him as he couldn’t find a place in India’s playing XI in the first T20I at the Eden Gardens.

Someone like Shreyas Iyer is sitting out, very hard on him not making it to playing eleven, but we needed someone to bowl in the middle which is why we couldn’t get him in. It’s always nice with that kind of competition going around and a lot of the guys are missing out as well. I’m happy to have that kind of challenge rather than not having players available and not in form, said Rohit after India’s six-wicket win in the first T20I on Wednesday.