- Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda have emerged as strong contenders for the vacant No.3 batting spot in Virat Kohli’s absence.
- Former India cricketer Saba Karim has backed a star batter for the No.3 batting spot ahead of 2nd T20I against the West Indies.
- Shreyas Iyer scored a duck in the 1st T20I against the hosts.
However, the decision to pick Iyer instead of Hooda failed to pay India rich dividends in the 1st T20I. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KRR) skipper was dismissed for a four-ball duck in the curtain-raiser of the five-match bilateral series between the two former world champions. Speaking ahead of the 2nd T20I, former cricketer Karim opined that Iyer is ahead of Hooda in the Indian pecking order.
“It is a difficult choice. In the home series against South Africa, Shreyas Iyer batted at No.3-4. I feel Shreyas Iyer is ahead of Deepak Hooda in the pecking order. That’s why he was drafted into the playing XI as soon as he returned to the T20 squad. That being the case, he will have to be given a few more chances in the upcoming games,” Karim told India News.
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Karim, who played a sole Test match and 34 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for India in 2000, also defended Iyer’s selection in the white-ball side of the Asian giants. “One has to remember that Shreyas has shown good form in ODIs, so that’s why he is being backed,” the former cricketer and full-time pundit added. Rohit-led India will hope to take a 2-0 lead over the West Indies when they meet the hosts in the 2nd T20I. India will lock horns with the Nicholas Pooran-led side in the 2nd T20I at the Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday.