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International Cricket: Shreyas Iyer falls in short ball weakness

International Cricket: At first glance, it appears that a left-handed batter is attempting a Roy Fredericks-style falling hook - For more updates keep following 99runs

However, upon closer inspection, it is shown to be Shreyas Iyer, a right-handed hitter, whose limbs are all deformed as he tries to deal with a short ball from Marco Jansen during the IPL 2022.

Iyer is well-known among fast bowlers around the world for his dislike of the short ball.

During the IPL, he was dismissed four times due to short-pitched deliveries.

Umran Malik drilled him with short stuff before smashing his stumps with a yorker on another occasion.

Shreyas Iyer falls in short ball weakness


Iyer sprinted to 24 off eight balls in the opening T20I against South Africa in Delhi on Thursday, smacking three sixes off Tabraiz Shamsi in the process.

Against the spinners, he scored 23 runs off ten balls.

When the quick bowlers came on, though, he could only score 13 runs off 17 balls.

According to ESPNcricinfo's logs, nine of those 17 pitches were pitched too short, and Iyer scored eight runs on them.

South Africa's quicks bowled Iyer nine short-of-good-length balls, but none in the "short" category, meaning that they were attempting to bounce him out rather than bowl "hard lengths."

Although there is considerable subjectivity in this data, South Africa must have had a compelling reason for doing so. There will be more on this issue in the future.

Iyer's innings, which began in fifth gear, ended with a strike rate of 133.33 as a result of his slowness versus pace (36 runs off 27 balls).

Shreyas Iyer falls in short ball weakness

Except for Dinesh Karthik, who faced only two balls, it was the slowest innings by an Indian hitter in the contest.

"I think Shreyas goes around the crease a lot when he gets stuck [against quick bowlers]," Wasim Jaffer stated on ESPNcricinfo's T20 Time: Out.

"He walks outside the leg stump and wants to get to the other side."

Aside from that, he doesn't seem to knock many boundaries or sixes against quick bowlers.

He did put an end to the Shamsi threat, but I believe he needs to work on some of the shots that he is dominating against fast bowlers in the future because he is batting in the top four; he is not someone who will come in at the back end.

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When Jansen got Iyer in a tangle, Dale Steyn, who was in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dugout as their fast-bowling coach at the time, agreed with his co-assessment. analyst's

"It's something he needs to work on," Steyn added, referring to identifying spots where he can score more seamer boundaries.

"When it comes to speed, I've seen him get into some very weird scenarios, especially this past IPL.

Shreyas Iyer falls in short ball weakness

Knowing that the World Cup will be held in Australia at the end of the year, he'll have to prepare for it by facing more seamers than spinners." The case of Iyer is intriguing.

If you look at his T20 statistics separately, you'll notice that he does better against fast bowlers than spinners.

He's averaged 41.75 against the clock since January 2021, with a strike rate of 135.77. Against spin, those figures fall to 35.77 and 130.89, respectively.

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