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“No Matter What Format He Plays, He Is Going To Get Bounced” – Michael Vaughan Highlights Shreyas Iyer’s Weakness Against Short Deliveries

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Indian cricketer, Shreyas Iyer’s misery against short deliveries was again on display at the Edgbaston in Birmingham against England in the fifth Test match. He got out to short pitch deliveries in both the innings of the Test match. Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan has highlighted Shreyas’ trouble against short bowling. He expressed that the Indian cricketer will get to face a lot of it in whichever format he plays.

Shreyas Iyer made his Test debut for India last year against New Zealand. In the first four matches of his Test career, the right-hander performed brilliantly, making a strong case for himself in the middle order. However, his struggle against short-pitch deliveries has become a cause of concern for the 27-year-old.

On day four of the fifth Test, Shreyas Iyer looked in good touch at the crease. However, the short-ball ploy by the England pacer Matty Potts worked once again to send Shreyas back to the hut. Potts bowled a head-high delivery, which Shreyas hit straight to the mid-wicket fielder. Speaking about Shreyas Iyer’s troubles, Michael Vaughan said on Cricbuzz,

“Iyer has got a problem with the short ball, let’s not beat around the bush. No matter what he plays, T20, ODI, or Test cricket, he is going to get bounced. If he goes to the T20 World Cup in Australia on those big wickets, guess what all the other teams are going to do to him. He’s got an issue, a real issue and for him to continue playing at this level, he’s gonna have to iron it out.”

India should have got at least 420-430: Michael Vaughan

Heading into day four of the Test match, the Indian team was in a solid position having a lead of 257 runs with seven wickets in hand. However, the visitors couldn’t capitalize on it and were bowled out for 245, giving England a target of 378 runs.

Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara slammed fifties in the innings, while the others could not manage to put up a substantial score. Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan feels India should have set a bigger target for the hosts. He said,

“India were too fragile with the bat today, too easy for England to get the wickets, too many mistakes. They should have got at least 420-430. They only needed one more partnership.”

England has put on 259 runs on the board, with three wickets down. They need 119 more runs to win the match and equal the series 2-2. Joe Root, unbeaten on 76, and Jonny Bairstow on 72 will resume the England innings on day five.

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