Some of India’s finest cricketers have had a difficult time in the Indian Premier League. Premier batsmen like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have battled for runs this season, with the former already having three golden ducks. While the professionals have struggled, out-of-favor all-rounder Hardik Pandya and a few untapped youngsters like Arshdeep Singh and Ayush Badoni have put up some impressive performances.

Shreyas Iyer, the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has also had a good season and is presently the team’s highest run-getter. According to former India and KKR player Aakash Chopra, there is one issue that has especially disturbed the talented middle-order batter. The veteran cricketer has seen a vulnerability in Iyer’s batting that allows rival bowlers to exploit him and often results in his removal.

“Shreyas Iyer is a well-known figure. He is an international player with a Test century on his debut. However, he is unable to play the bouncer. It’s almost as though bowlers knew that bowling the bouncer would get him out. That’s not the way to go. In a video on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “He’ll have to score runs while dealing with the short balls.”

In fact, Iyer has struggled against the short ball on many occasions this season. Dushmantha Chameera of the Lucknow Super Giants tried the identical tactic to remove Iyer in a match that KKR lost by 75 runs. Iyer was then fired after making six out of nine deliveries.