Venkatesh Iyer was promoted to the No.3 slot in the second T20I match between India and New Zealand. Iyer scored 12* off 11 deliveries. Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan lauded Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid for being proactive. Zaheer opined that this move shows that the Men in Blue are thinking about the next edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2022.
“The move to promote Venkatesh Iyer to No.3 when the opportunity arose proves that India are already thinking about the next T20 World Cup. Had they not done something like that, then you could have said that they missed an opportunity. It was a proactive move by the management keeping the future in mind,” said Zaheer Khan in a chat with Cricbuzz.
Former Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said that the Indian team needs to work on the shortcomings of the middle order.
“We need to sort out our middle order. That is what is hurting us in ICC tournaments. If we get that in place, the rest all seems fine. Our top-order batting and bowling are excellent. But this is one box we still need to tick,” said Ojha.