Former India batsman VVS Laxman has opined that Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tewatia are unlikely to get a chance in the upcoming 5-match T20I series against England which commences on March 12th. All games will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
While speaking on Star Sports, Laxman said that the Indian cricket team already has a settled middle-order which hardly requires any tinkering.
“I don’t see them getting a chance because you have a settled middle order. I would love to see continuity as far as the No.4 position is concerned and Shreyas Iyer would be my choice as far as batting at No.4,” said Laxman.
The former Indian cricketer also wants Rishabh Pant to play the finisher’s role alongside Hardik Pandya.
“I would love to see Rishabh Pant back in the mix, batting at No.5, and then you have got Hardik Pandya at No.6. So, I don’t see Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan or for that matter Tewatia getting a chance but whenever they get a chance I am sure all of them will perform and play to the best of their abilities,” added Laxman.
I am Very Very Pleased For Suryakumar Yadav: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman also stated that he is very happy about Suryakumar Yadav receiving his maiden national team call-up.
“I am very very pleased for Suryakumar Yadav. Yes, Ishan Kishan and Tewatia also deserve their place. They have done really well in domestic cricket as well in the IPL. But the way Suryakumar Yadav has performed over the last 4-5 years has been nothing less than sensational,” said Laxman.
The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that Suryakumar Yadav forced the Indian selectors to pick him by performing consistently year after year.
“The way he has patiently waited for his chance because there is a cliche and especially my coach used to tell me in the early days of my career that if the selectors are not opening the door then you break open the door and that’s exactly what Suryakumar Yadav has done and he is a real role model for a lot of youngsters who aspire to play for the country,” observed Laxman.
India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.