In the 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka, the men in blue were cruising towards a comprehensive victory when Shreyas Iyer came to bowl. Watch: Shreyas Iyer’s Muralitharan-level spin delivery leaves Virat Kohli stunned.
India whitewashed Sri Lanka with a thumping victory in the third ODI of the series at the Greenfield Stadium. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 166 and Shubhman Gill joined him with a well-made 116 to help India post 390 runs in front of Lanka.
In reply, the Sri Lankan batting lineup got outplayed in front of the Indian bowlers. They were all out on 73 runs inside 22 overs in the chase of 391. Indian right-arm pacer Mohammad Siraj bagged outstanding figures of 4/32.
Virat Kohli gives a priceless reaction to Shreyas Iyer’s Muralitharan-level spin deliver
Captain Rohit Sharma handed over the ball to Shreyas Iyer in the 18th over of the game. At that stage, India was in the driving seat and almost won that game already as the score was 55-8. Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer came to bowl the 18th over and he surprised everyone with a sharp turn on the very first ball.
Virat's reaction of Shreyas Iyer spin turn😂😂. Why is iyer not bowling 2-3 overs ??. India badly needed this for balance. Another Liam Livingstone🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/UGg4E52I0X
— Will Smith's Slap (@willSlapped) January 15, 2023
Virat Kohli who was standing in the slip cordon left shell-shocked after watching that delivery. The ball delivered by Iyer landed right on the seam and beat Srilankan batter Kumara’s bat from miles.
India can use Iyer as a middle-over bowler as well in the World Cup
After looking at the bowling ability of the Iyer team India can consider Iyer as a middle-over bowler along with Kuldeep and Jadeja. His variation in bowling is pretty much similar to England’s Liam Livingstone. The English team uses Liam Livingstone very smartly as he has the ability to strike the ball and can also spin the ball in bowling.
Iyer’s bowling ability is still very much under the radar and not many are aware of his skill set. If he improves his accuracy with the ball then India can surely use him like Yuvraj Singh back in the day.
His bowling ability is surely going to be a very important asset for the team in the World Cup 2023.