Indian off-spinner R Ashwin has named a player whom he feels will play a huge role in the absence of Rishabh Pant against Australia in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He feels Shreyas Iyer will be the important player for the team in the middle order and will be crucial to team India’s chances.
Border-Gavaskar Trophy to start from 9th February
India is all set to host Australia for the four-match Test series. The first game between the nations will be played on February 9th in Nagpur followed by the second Test to be played on 17th February in Delhi.
The third game between India and Australia is slated to take place on 1st March in Dharamshala whereas the last game will be played on 9th March in Ahmedabad.
The series will extremely be crucial in the context of the World Test Championship as it’ll decide the finalists. Both the teams have been staggering in the longest format of the game and are currently first (Australia) and second (India) on the points table, separated by the barest of margins.
While India is unbeaten at home since last decade, Australia under Pat Cummins is an extremely dangerous side to face as they are yet to lose a series, winning both at home as well as overseas. If the Rohit Sharma-led side wins the series then it is likely that both sides will face in the final of the World Test Championship as well.
Both teams are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations and have started their training ahead of the first game. The series between India and Australia has always been enthralling and both teams have gone neck to neck with each other.
“He is going to be an important player for India in the absence of Pant in BGT,” R Ashwin feels Shreyas Iyer will play a huge role against Australia
With just a few days remaining for the start of the series, Ashwin believes that Shreyas Iyer is going to be an important player for India in the absence of Rishabh Pant. Speaking on the same, he said: “Shreyas Iyer is going to be an important player for India in the absence of Pant in BGT”.
Ashwin said "Shreyas Iyer is going to be an important player for India in the absence of Pant in BGT".Advertisement
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Iyer is currently injured. He suffered a knee injury ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand and was ruled out of the series. He was then shifted to NCA for rehab. But as the reports, he is deemed unfit to play the first game and will join the team ahead of the second game. It remains to be seen what will be his status for the first game.