Rohit Sharma reveals why Shreyas Iyer was left out from the first T20I against West Indies

India was able to secure an easy win against the West Indies in the 1st T20. Chasing 158 runs, India got off to a flying start, courtesy of Rohit Sharma, who scored 40 runs of 19 deliveries. India could have been in a spot of bother with 114 for four however, Surya Kumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer got the team to the victory with seven balls to spare.

The Indian think tank went without Shreyas Iyer. Iyer who often has been touted as the future captain of India has been a consistent presence across all three formats. Speaking about Iyer not being a part of the 1st T20, Rohit Sharma said in the match presentation ceremony that “Someone like Shreyas Iyer is sitting out, very hard on him not making it to playing eleven, but we needed someone to bowl in the middle which is why we couldn’t get him in.

It’s always nice with that kind of competition going around and a lot of the guys are missing out as well. I’m happy to have that kind of challenges rather than not having players available and not in form,” Rohit said after the match.

The middle order has been a concern for Team India over the years and the think tank have tried a no. of players with the likes of Shivam Dube and Vijay Shankar and now it looks like that Venkatesh Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be the core of the middle order for the coming years.

For India, Ravi Bishnoi and Harshal Patel restricted the Windies side to 157 for seven. The second T20 will be played on the 18th of February.

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