Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif said on Sunday that middle-class batsman Shreyas Iyer is vital for India’s ICC World Test Championship last hope as he praised him for his great skill on the fourth day of the second test against Bangladesh to secure the match for India to win. India beat Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling second test match on Sunday to seal the series 2-0 here at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka” Shreyas Iyer very important for India’s WTC hopes. On a fourth day field, with spinners in form, he showed skills to survive and win. Will be vital for next year’s home game against Australia. @ShreyasIyer15,” Kaif tweeted.
Shreyas Iyer very important to India’s WTC hopes. Pitch on the fourth day, spinners in shape, but he showed skills to survive and win. Will be vital for the home series against Australia next year. @ShryasIyer15
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 25, 2022
Indian middle class batsman Shreyas Iyer finished this year as the country’s top runscorer in international cricket.
Iyer was the epitome of consistency and composure this year, surpassing stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul with the bat this year. By becoming the highest international series scorer for Team India, Iyer also ended the hegemony of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, two of India’s leading hitters.
This year, Iyer finished with 1,609 international runs at an average of 48.75. This year he scored a century and 14 half centuries, with best of 113*.
In five Test matches this year, Iyer scored 422 runs in eight innings at an average of 60.28, with four half-centuries. He ends the year with the best test score of 92.
In 17 ODIs this year, he scored 724 runs at an average of 55.69. He was extremely consistent in the format, scoring a century and six half centuries in his 15-inning run in 50-overs this year, with a best score of 113*.
Iyer also showed his top form in T20Is, scoring 463 runs at an average of 35.61 and striking with a strike rate of 141.15. Four half-centuries came out of his bat in 20-over format in 2022, with a best score of 74*.
Earlier, Bangladesh opted to bat first and was bowled out for 227 in the first innings, with Mominul Haque (84) leading the score. Umesh Yadav (4/25) and Ravichandran Ashwin (4/71) impressed with the ball for India.
India took an 87-run lead in the match and was knocked out for 314 runs in their first innings. Rishabh Pant (93) and Shreyas Iyer (87) landed valuable bats. Taijul Islam (4/74) and Shakib al Hasan (4/79) were the standout bowlers for the hosts.
Bangladesh outscored themselves in their second innings, but still went out for 231 runs. Litton Das (73) and Zakir Hasan (51) scored valuable half-centuries, while lower middle/lower order Nurul Hasan (31) and Taskin Ahmed (31) also scored some important runs after Bangladesh trailed six for 113.
Axar Patel (3/68) was the leading bowler for India, while Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj had two wickets each. Umesh also got a wicket.
Leading by 144 runs, Bangladesh set India a target of 145 to win the series. India were reduced 74/7 but Ravichandran Ashwin (42*) and Shreyas Iyer (29*) kept their nerve to take India to a seven-wicket victory.
Ravichandran Ashwin was named Player of the Match for his second inning winning hit.
Cheteshwar Pujara was named Player of the Series for scoring 192 runs in two Tests, including a century and a half.
Short scores:Bangladesh 227/10 and 231/10 (Litton Das 73, Zakir Hasan 51; Axar Patel 3-68) vs India 314/10 and 145/7 (Rishabh Pant 93, Shreyas Iyer 87; Taijul Islam 4-74) (Ravihandran Ashwin 42*, Axar Patel 34; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5-63).
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