Dilip Vengsarkar, the former BCCI chief selector, has slammed and questioned the omission of Suryakumar Yadav from India’s squad for Australia tour after he was not selected for even the white-ball format. He also has reportedly asked BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to probe the matter.
BCCI selection committee announced the Indian squad for the Australian tour for all three formats where Suryakumar Yadav didn’t cut his consistent performances in IPL as well as domestic cricket.
Dilip Vengsarkar: Suryakumar Yadav Is Currently One Of The Most Talented Batsman In India And Has Scored Runs Consistently
The Sunil Joshi-led Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee announced the Indian squad for the tour of Australia comprising of three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. The squad did not include injured players in the form of batsman Rohit Sharma and pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was also dropped from the limited-overs squad.
Many fans, former cricketers and experts were eager to see the name of batsman Suryakumar Yadav but could not find his name even in white-ball one day and T20I formats. The Mumbai Indians batsman was believed to be included in the Indian squad at least in the shortest format following his consistency in domestic cricket and the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
But the BCCI selection committee had other ideas and favoured the likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya instead. Outraged fans slammed the selectors for his omission, with even veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh and former Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary taking to Twitter to express their disappointment behind the non-inclusion. Dilip Vengsarkar too lashed out at the selection committee.
Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar admitted being shocked by Suryakumar Yadav’s omission as he labelled him as one of the most talented batsmen in the Indian circuit at present.
“I’m astounded at the omission of ‘Surya,’ who is currently one of the most talented batsmen in the country, from the teams selected for the Australian tour. As far as sheer potential is concerned, I can compare Surya with the best in the Indian team. He has scored runs consistently. I don’t know what else he has to do to merit a place in the Indian team,” Vengsarkar told the Times of India.
Suryakumar Yadav averages 44 in first class with over 5000 runs and averages more than 30 both in List A and T20. He has scored 283 runs in 11 matches in IPL 2020 averaging 31.44 and has scored 1831 runs in 96 matches so far.
Dilip Vengsarkar: Suryakumar Yadav Is At Peak Of His Career At 30
Dilip Vengsarkar even went on to compare Suryakumar Yadav’s talent with the best players in the Indian cricket team as he asked BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to probe the right-handed batsman’s exclusion.
“A batsman is at his peak from the age of 26 to 34. and I feel Surya (30) is at the peak of his career. If form and fitness is not the criteria, then what is it? Can anybody explain?,” the former India chief selector asserted.
“With Rohit (Sharma) out of the team due to (a hamstring) injury, Surya should have been there to strengthen the middle order. BCCI president Ganguly should question the motive behind dropping Surya,” he stressed.
Team India call up might not have come as he was excluded, but Suryakumar Yadav still has a huge burden on his shoulders as far as IPL 2020 remaining campaign is concerned. Table-toppers MI are one of the favourites to lift the title, and Suryakumar Yadav would look to play a key role in helping the team to defend the title and in the process send out a strong message to the selectors who snubbed him.