VVS Laxman, former Indian batsman is impressed with how Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have capitalized on the opportunities presented to them and feels the duo deserve to be in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup.
Both Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav made their T20I debut for India in the second game of the five-match series against England.
VVS Laxman: Both Suryakumar Yadav And Ishan Kishan Should Be In My 15 Member Indian Squad For T20I World Cup
Ishan Kishan scored 56 runs off just 32 balls while the latter did not get a chance to bat in the match. Suryakumar Yadav got the chance to bat in the fourth T20I and went on to play a knock of 57 runs from 31 deliveries before scoring a rapid 32 off 17 balls in the series decider T20I and was inducted in the ODI squad.
VVS Laxman correctly believed India put together a balanced side in the first ODI against England as they went on to beat the World Champions to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. VVS Laxman, former Indian batsman felt that in-form Suryakumar Yadav may not find a place in the playing XI for the opening 50-over game. Skipper Virat Kohli made a bold choice, giving debuts to all-rounder Krunal Pandya and fast bowler Prasidh Krishna.
VVS Laxman correctly felt that in-form Suryakumar Yadav will not find a place in the playing XI for the opening 50-over game as there are others who have performed exceedingly well in the format in recent times.
“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, 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,” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Suryakumar Yadav has played two T20I innings. He has scored 89 runs at an average of 44.50 and a strike-rate of 185.41. When asked to pick between Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer, VVS Laxman said he will go with the latter for the number six role in 1st ODI as he has scored runs consistently in the past. But Shreyas Iyer was injured in the opener which will pave the way for Suryakumar Yadav’s inclusion in the remaining 2 ODIs.
The 22-year-old Ishan Kishan made his debut in the second T20I against England on Tuesday in Ahmedabad and smashed 56 runs off 32 balls which was studded with 5 fours and 4 sixes. He became the second Indian batsman, after Ajinkya Rahane, to score a fifty on his T20I debut. His tally of four sixes is the highest for an Indian batsman on debut in a T20I.
Sanjay Bangar: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Sealed His Place In The T20 World Cup Squad
On the other hand, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar lavishly praised pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has taken the center stage in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and guided the team to several crucial wins against England.
Talking about whether Bhuvneshwar has already sealed his place in the T20 World Cup squad, Bangar said: “Without a doubt, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, if he is fit and is in the 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 a lot of spots that are up for grabs. Players who were been sidelined 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.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two important wickets in the fifth and deciding T20I, giving away 15 runs in four overs at an economy rate of 3.80. The 31-year-old returned with figures of 2/30 in nine overs in 1st ODI, proving to be extremely economical and helping the hosts vastly in controlling the run-flow when it was most needed. India is currently gearing up for the second ODI against England, set to be played on Friday, 26th March.