Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh opined that young, exuberant, and attacking mindedness players such as Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan would be required for India to win the T20 World Cup later in the year in the UAE.
Harbhajan Singh, the 2007 World T20 champion, was left in awe of Shaw (43 off 24 balls) and Ishan Kishan’s (59 off 42 balls) explosive batting in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, where India chased down 263 with 13 overs to spare.
Harbhajan Singh feels that it would be extremely difficult for the selectors to not include these two in-form youngsters for the T20 World Cup squad. He maintains that selectors shouldn’t be reluctant on dropping some senior players for youngsters.
“You can judge a player on his performances. The way Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan have batted in an international game shows how capable they are and is will be difficult to ignore them for the T20 World Cup.
“If you want to win the World Cup you need players like these. They don’t see who is bowling in the opposition. They just back their natural game,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.
“They should not be ignored based on their performances. Even if selectors have to replace a senior player, they should go ahead and do it.”
I feel Suryakumar Yadav has sealed his place for the T20 World Cup: Harbhajan Singh
While Shaw and Kishan are on the fringes, Harbhajan Singh felt, Suryakumar Yadav has authoritatively sealed his spot for the T20 World Cup, that despite this series being just his second international series.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 31 runs off 20 balls and remained unbeaten; earlier he had blasted a fifty against England in the T20I series.
Harbhajan Singh asserted that Yadav has a wide range of shots, and can bat in different gears according to the situation.
“I also feel Suryakumar Yadav has sealed his place for the T20 World Cup. He not only plays attacking brand of cricket, but is also capable of preserving his wicket and scoring quickly at the same time,” the CSK off-spinner concluded.