Wasim Jaffer felt the impressive performances from Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan will keep the ‘big boys’ on their toes ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup next year. The duo added 161 for the third wicket on Sunday, October 9 at Ranchi as India recorded a comprehensive victory in the second ODI against South Africa.
India’s main team is currently in Australia preparing for the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 16. However, there is also the 50+ World Cup, which will be played in India next year.
The majority of T20 players from the Men in Blue squad also choose themselves from the ODI squad. Jaffer, however, feels Shreyas and Kishan might pose a challenge for a few spots. In a discussion on ESPNcricinfo, he said:
“They don’t hurt their chances. After the T20 World Cup, everyone will be talking about this 2023 World Cup, which is taking place in India. Shreyas Iyer was magnificent. In his last six ODI rounds he has scored four fifty-one hundred.
“We could see him in this big batting team. He could sneak in somewhere. Ishan Kishan again… Anyone with a good streak will challenge these big boys.”
While Shreyas was undefeated on 113 in the second ODI, Kishan was dismissed seven shy of his first hundred ODIs. India were close to chasing 279 after Mohammed Siraj’s three-iron limited South Africa to below par.
Apart from batting and bowling, Jaffer was also happy with India’s fielding, although he admitted there was room for improvement. He asserted:
“I think the catch was pretty good; it definitely got better. Ground commissioning can improve. There were still a few hiccups. But you can take that as long as they don’t give the batters another chance. They had a day off in the first ODI. Today was a much better day.
The Men in Blue lost three catches in the opening ODI in Lucknow, a game they lost by nine runs.
‘Seems unlikely’ – Wasim Jaffer doesn’t see India making changes for third ODI
While the versatile Shahbaz Ahmed made his debut in the second ODI, Jaffer sees no more changes happening for the decider in Delhi.
Looking ahead to the final game of the series, he commented:
“It seems unlikely (any change for the last ODI). After one game we saw Ruturaj Gaikwad get dropped. I don’t see anyone else having another opportunity in the last game with the series on the line. A bit unfortunate since Rahul Tripathi had a huge IPL.Rajat Patidar has been in excellent form since the IPL and in top class cricket.
The final ODI of the three-game series will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday, October 11.