Fans divided over BCCI’s decision to drop Shreyas Iyer from India’s squad for the remaining Tests against England


The cricketing community is abuzz with intense discussions and spirited debates following the recent announcement of India’s squad for the upcoming three Tests against England by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Notably, the exclusion of Shreyas Iyer, who displayed a lukewarm performance with the bat in the initial two Tests, has evoked a myriad of reactions on social media and left fans with a complex mix of emotions.

The squad announcement and Shreyas Iyer’s exclusion

As far as the 17-member squad unveiled by the BCCI for the upcoming Tests against England is concerned, it welcomed back the injured Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul. Additionally, Mohammed Siraj, who was rested for the second Test, reclaimed his spot. Excitement also surrounded the maiden call-up for young pacer Akash Deep. However, it was Iyer’s absence that stole the spotlight and raised eyebrows.

The reason behind omission: Injury or performance?

Speculation about Iyer’s potential injury circulated before the squad announcement, with reports suggesting back spasms. However, the BCCI’s press release offered no insight into Iyer’s medical condition, fueling suspicions that his exclusion might be performance-related.

Iyer’s batting woes

Despite being part of the first two Tests, Iyer failed to make a significant impact with the bat, failing to register a fifty in the four innings. While his fielding prowess and agility were commendable, his inability to convert promising starts into substantial scores seems to have cost him a spot in India’s squad

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As the news of Iyer’s exclusion spread across social media platforms, fans unleashed a wave of diverse opinions. Some applauded the decision, citing Iyer’s recent batting struggles, while others rallied behind the talented cricketer, insisting that he deserved another chance.

Support and criticism

Supporters of Iyer argued that his performance, though not exemplary, was on par with or better than some retained players like Rohit Sharma and KS Bharat. Critics, on the other hand, pointed to Iyer’s inconsistency and suggested that the decision was justified based on recent form.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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