All teams are currently giving their best while playing T20 matches in order to find their best possible combination for the upcoming World Cup. Team India have also given a chance to quite a few individuals. Fortunately for them, every cricketer has grabbed the opportunity with both hands to make an immediate impact.
Considering the recent inclusion of some players, VVS Laxman has named two youngsters who deserve to be part of the squad. In the ongoing limited-overs series against England, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav announced themselves at the big stage by making a huge impact on their T20I debuts against Eoin Morgan & Co.
Ishan, who was Mumbai Indians’ highest run-getter in IPL 2020, smashed a 32-ball 56 while opening the innings for the Men in Blue. Suryakumar, who has been one of the most prolific run-scorers in India’s domestic cricket, also announced himself at the big stage by hammering a first-ball six against Jofra Archer enroute an entertaining 31-ball 56.
VVS Laxman underlined that the selectors have challenging questions ahead of them; however, he reckons that the youngsters have capitalized well on their opportunities.
“Well, it’s a very tough question because what we have seen in this series is that lot of youngsters have capitalized on their opportunities. But the way Ishan Kishan played in his debut innings and then also the way Suryakumar Yadav played,” said Laxman on Cricket Connected show.
“I think both of them will definitely be in my squad of 15. It’s a tough choice, but I think both of them deserve to play in the Indian squad come to the World Cup,” he added.
Sharing his views on Bhuvneshwar’s performance, former Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who was also a part of the chat show featuring Laxman, said Bhuvi had sealed his spot in Team India’s squad for the marque event.
“Without a doubt, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, if he is fit and is in form… because this team has displayed that it is obviously going to go on a form. There is a lot of time remaining from now to the start of the World Cup. In between, there is an IPL tournament as well. So, taking into account how the decisions have been made, I believe that there are still many spots that are up for grabs. Players who were been sidelined have still have a big season lined up between the World Cup selection. So, I would not like to count anybody out of the World Cup contention as yet,” said Bangar.