In the first T20I match against West Indies on Friday (July 29) there was some criticism of the decision to select Ayer ahead of Huda. After the former was fired for the duck, the voice became even stronger.
Previewing the second T20I in St Kitts on Monday (August 1), Karim shared his thoughts on the Iyer vs Hooda debate, telling indian news:
“It was a tough call. In the home series against South Africa, Shreyas Iyer batted 3-4. I feel Shreyas Iyer is ahead of Deepak Hooda in the rankings. That’s why he was picked up as soon as he returned to the T20 squad. Selected into the lineup. With that being the case, he will have to get more chances in the upcoming games.”
“People have to remember that Shreyas did a great job in the ODI and that’s why he’s supported.”
Before the opening T20I match against West Indies, Iyer impressed in the one-day series, scoring 54, 63 and 44 in three games.
“It’s not very demanding on Deepak Hooda, but it’s hard for him to fit in” – Reetinder Sodhi
During Iyer’s fight with Hooda, former Indian all-rounder Reetinder Sodhi felt that dropping Hooda would not be an easy decision for the Indian management. He says:
“The demands on Deepak Hooda are not high but it is difficult to adapt to him. Shreyas Iyer needs to get enough opportunities as he is getting ready for the T20 World Cup. Hooda is waiting. I am sure he will Get his chance at some point. He has shown in the few matches he has played that he can also be a contender for the T20 World Cup.”
Huda, 27, has 47* and 104 points in Dublin’s two T20I series against Ireland. He also hit a 17-under 33 in Southampton’s first T20I against England before making way for Virat Kohli in the remaining two matches.