MUMBAI: On the evening of May 23, 2016, Shreyas Iyer appeared so frustrated he would have smashed anything in sight, just like he smoked Tim Southee out of the park to seal India’s win in Auckland in the opening T20I over New Zealand on Friday. SCORECARD That day, after having smashed 1381 runs in 11 Ranji games in the 2016-17 season — the third-biggest tally by a batsman in one edition — Iyer had found his name missing from both India squads announced for the tour of Zimbabwe and the West Indies. “I can’t talk right now,” he had told TOI, before slamming the phone down. Almost four years down the line, the man who gave him the snub, former India batsman Sandeep Patil, who was the chief selector back then, explains why they ignored the youngster, who blasted a 29-ball unbeaten 58 to help India chase down 204 successfully. “There’s a big gap between Ranji and international cricket. You make runs in Ranji, but get exposed in … [Read more...] about India vs New Zealand: Shreyas Iyer stamps his authority as India’s No. 4
In reply, the Men in Blue lost opener Rohit Sharma cheaply for seven runs before KL Rahul (56) and Virat Kohli (45) shared a good partnership of 90 runs for the second wicket to take India past 100-run mark. … [Read more...] about 1st T20I: Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul guide India to 6-wicket win over New Zealand
"Five Twenty20s to start and I know it's not everyone's favourite format of the game but we've got a T20 World Cup later in the year in October in Australia so straight away these five matches become important. Because of the performance in Australia we need to start winning again and get that support back," he said. … [Read more...] about New Zealand must win 2 out of 3 formats: Craig McMillan
The Indian team arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday for a six-week tour, which begins with the first T20 International of the five-match series in Auckland on Friday. … [Read more...] about Kohli and company ready to fire in New Zealand!
The 34-year-old Dhawan did not take the field for the entire duration of the Australian innings in the second ODI after a Pat Cummins bouncer hit him on the rib cage while batting. Dhawan missed the entire limited overs series against West Indies last month. … [Read more...] about India’s injury woes: Dhawan out of T20s, Ishant sidelined from Tests in New Zealand