Suryakumar Yadav didn’t find a place in Indian squad despite performing consistently in both IPL and domestic circuit. The selection committee’s decision of not picking batsman Suryakumar Yadav for the upcoming tour of Australia has been met with constant criticism from several quarters.
The Mumbai star batsman has been in stunning and sublime form for quite some time now and was being widely backed by experts and commentators alike to earn his maiden India call-up at least for the T20Is for the upcoming series in Australia.
Suryakumar Yadav’s Omission Astonishes Dilip Vengsarkar
Fans, as well as several former cricketers, have criticized the decision and now former Indian skipper batsman Dilip Vengsarkar has joined the bandwagon too. The batting legend called Suryakumar Yadav as one of the most talented batsmen having a bright prospect in the country at present while expressing his surprise over his omission.
“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.
But his consistent performances in domestic cricket and IPL is yet to be rewarded by the national selectors. 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.
Suryakumar Yadav At Peak Of His Career At 30 And Should Have Been Selected To Strengthen Middle Order: Dilip Vengsarkar
The former batsman not only expressed his surprise and vented his displeasure but also urged BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to probe the right-handed batsman’s exclusion. Dilip Vengsarkar opined that Suryakumar Yadav would have been a good option in the middle-order line up in the absence of opener Rohit Sharma who has missed out on all the three squads due to an injury.
“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? 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,” the former India chief selector asserted.
He has been in good form in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 too. While playing for home franchise Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020, the 30-year old has scored 283 runs at an average of 31.44 and strike-rate of 148.94 so far in the season.