Shreyas Iyer dropped out of the last three Tests against England. (AP Image)
Chappell suggested that the selectors should now stop trusting and overestimating Shreyas Iyer’s skills with the bat after dropping him from the team.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has given his opinion on the Indian team dropping Shreyas Iyer from the last three Test matches against England. Iyer, who put up a disappointing show in the first two Tests, failed to make the cut in the remaining matches.
Before the team announcement, several media reports suggested that Iyer had back and groin discomfort, but the BCCI did not express any concerns about his fitness while announcing the team for the last three Tests.
Chappell said the return of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja is a big boost but Virat Kohli’s absence is a big blow for the Indian team.
“India is a strong team and they also have a good leader in Rohit Sharma. They will be greatly strengthened by the recovery of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul from their injuries, but Virat Kohli not returning for the rest of the series is a huge blow,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.
Meanwhile, Chappell suggested that the selectors should now stop trusting and overestimating Shreyas Iyer’s skills with the bat after dropping him from the team.
“Hopefully, the selectors will now stop overestimating Shreyas Iyer’s batting ability and learn to value Kuldeep Yadav’s wicket-taking ability more,” he added.
Talking about the England cricket team, Chappell stated that if captain Ben Stokes becomes an all-rounder again, it will be a big boost for the team.
“It will help England enormously if Stokes is once again able to function as an all-rounder as his bowling is a different weapon. It would also help if he featured in the slips, especially the spinners, as he is one of the best in that position,” Chappell wrote.
He also advised Stokes, the batsman, to take charge at the start of the innings.
“One personal area Stokes could consider is his own batting. If he were more proactive at the beginning of each inning, he would improve his game. Stokes is a very good hitter, but he is at his best when he is looking to score,” Chappell added.