Shreyas perfect number four, says Gavaskar
Shreyas Iyer made 71 off just 68 balls in the second ODI against the West Indies. (AFP)
New Delhi - Gavaskar has praised the Mumbai batsman as he believes Iyer is better suited for the number four spot
Shreyas Iyer has been making all the right noises with his on-field performances and that has led to a Team India recall.
On Sunday Iyer justified his selection with his finely paced knock of 71 off just 68 balls, playing the perfect second fiddle to captain Virat Kohli.
And former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has praised the Mumbai batsman as he believes Iyer is better suited for the number four spot in ODIs than Rishabh Pant and should be given a permanent slot in the Indian middle-order.
Coming into the team after a year, Iyer, who had a couple of fifties to his name, played a crucial role in India's 59-run win over the West Indies in the second ODI at Port-of-Spain on Sunday.
Iyer is a contender for the still vacant number four spot even though the Indian team management has been backing young wicketkeeper-batsman Pant to seal the position in the 50-overs format.
"If India get to a great start with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting for 40-45 overs, then Pant at No. 4. But if it's a question of batting for 30-35 overs, then I think it should be Shreyas Iyer at No. 4 and Pant at No. 5."
At the Queen's Park Oval, Iyer added 125 runs with skipper Virat Kohli (120) after India lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant (20) in quick succession.
His innings helped India post a competitive 279 for 7 against West Indies.
Iyer, the Delhi Capitals skipper, was in good form during the Indian Premier League but he was ignored for the World Cup and Gavaskar believes the youngster should now get a longer run in ODI cricket.
"I think, if this doesn't help him get a more permanent slot in the Indian middle-order, I don't know what will," Gavaskar said. "In the five matches, he played before this, he scored 2 fifties and hit a highest score of 88. He hadn't done anything wrong to be left out of the 14 (15) (World Cup). But that's in the past.
"Now he has come back and scored a 71 in his first opportunity. So I think he will get a longer run."