In a high-octane showdown, Shreyas Iyer’s bat was demolished by Haris Rauf’s express pace, marking Iyer’s return to international cricket before Rauf claimed his wicket.

Shreyas Iyer’s return to international cricket was a much-needed boost for Indian cricket, especially considering the team’s struggles to fill the number 4 slot after Iyer’s absence due to a back injury in the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March. Shreyas entered the fray at number four following Virat Kohli’s dismissal of Shaheen Afridi.

Despite the predominantly defensive approach of Indian batters in the match, Shreyas showcased aggression by hitting two boundaries off Haris Rauf. However, his vulnerability against shorter deliveries resurfaced as he fell cheaply to Rauf’s bowling.

During the match, a significant moment unfolded as a fiery delivery from Haris Rauf struck the lower edge of Shreyas’ bat, resulting in the bat breaking.

Despite a rocky start that saw Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shubman Gill fall quickly, India found relief through a pivotal partnership between Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya, propelling them beyond 250 runs. However, rain forced the match to be abandoned after India’s innings, leaving the outcome undecided.

Ishan Kishan’s performance is bolstering his claim for the wicket-keeper’s position in the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup, hosted by India. He faces competition from KL Rahul, whose primary role isn’t as a keeper but offers valuable batting support. KL Rahul is expected to make his comeback during the Asia Cup knockout stages, assuming India progresses past the group stage.

Besides facing Pakistan, India will also compete against Nepal in the tournament.

Last Updated on September 3, 2023

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