Brian Lara Reckons Suryakumar Yadav Who Did Well For Mumbai Indians, Is A Class Player

Brian Lara Reckons Suryakumar Yadav Who Did Well For Mumbai Indians, Is A Class Player

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Suryakumar Yadav acknowledges the crowd. (Image Credit: Google)

Brian Lara, West Indian legendary batsman believes Suryakumar Yadav is ‘a class player’, and he should have definitely got selected in the Indian squad for the upcoming ODI or T20I series against Australia.

Suryakumar Yadav missed out on the plane to Australia despite being one of the top run-scorers in IPL 2020 for Mumbai Indians and in domestic cricket this season.

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Brian Lara (Image Credit: Google)

Brian Lara: Suryakumar Yadav Is A Class Player Who Can Score Runs Under Pressure

Suryakumar Yadav finished the tournament with 480 runs from 16 matches averaging 40 with 4 half-centuries. He was the fourth-highest scorer in the league this season and third highest for the eventual champions MI behind Ishan Kishan (516) and Quinton de Kock (503).

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Ishan Kishan-Highest Run Scorer For MI. Photo Credit: Getty Images,

The Pune-born batsman had scored 512 runs in IPL 2018 and 424 runs in IPL 2019 too.

“Yeah, definitely. He’s a class player. I don’t just look at players that score runs, I look at their technique, capabilities under pressure, positions that they’re batting and for me, Suryakumar Yadav has done such a wonderful job for Mumbai,” Brian Lara said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

Suryakumar Yadav averages 44 in first-class cricket, 35 in List A and 33 in T20s.

Brian Lara: Since Suryakumar Yadav Bats At 3 He Is Reliable And Team’s Best Player

The right-handed batsman Suryakumar Yadav debuted in 2010 in the domestic circuit and became the first uncapped batsman of India to score above 2000 runs in IPL. He aggregates 2024 runs in 101 matches after a dismal show in 2012 and from 2014-2017 where he scored only one fifty.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

“He comes to bat on the back of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock and every time, they are under pressure, he comes in at number three. Just remember, your number batsman, other than the openers, the number three batsman in any cricket team is normally your best player, your most reliable player. And for me, he has been that for Mumbai Indians and I see no reason why, looking at the squad, he can be a part of it,” Brian Lara added.

Australia and India will play a series of three ODIs, as many  T20 internationals and four Tests. The two teams are currently quarantining in Sydney, the venue of the 1st match of the ODI series on November 27.

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