Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels that India have fielded a strong team for the first ODI against the Eoin Morgan-led world champions, the team-management should have picked Suryakumar Yadav in the playing 11.
Suryakumar Yadav made a sensational start to his T20I career in the recently-concluded five-match series. Batting at No.3, Yadav smashed a whirlwind 31-ball 57 in his very first outing before backing it with a breezy cameo of 17-ball 32 in the series-decider.
Surya had also earned a call-up to the ODI squad but Team India opted with the tried-and-tested duo of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul in the middle-order.
Speaking on CricBuzz Live, Michael Vaughan reckoned that while he agrees with India resting Rishabh Pant, he believes that the hosts should have gone with Suryakumar Yadav in the first ODI given the kind of form he had displayed in the T20Is, adding that it is important to let the player continue with his rich vein of form by playing him irrespective of the formats.
“India are still powerful. But I am surprised by the team selection. Rishabh Pant has played pretty much non-stop for a long period of time. So, maybe they gave him a bit of a breather, it’s not a bad thing for him. Suryakumar Yadav is who I would have played,” Michael Vaughan said.
“On the back of his tremendous T20I performances, I would have gone with the ride and played him again,” he added.
“I think it’s so important that when a player comes in and sets the lights like he did, you carry on with him. I think he’s such a good player, he can easily adapt to the 50-over game. So, I am surprised India have gone without Suryakumar, but it is still a powerful line-up,” he added.
Meanwhile, Team India have got off to a steady start to their innings in the first One-Day International against England. The opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma racked up 64 runs for the first wicket before Sharma fell to Ben Stokes. Since then skipper Virat Kohli has taken the charge alongside Shikhar Dhawan, who has stitched a well-compiled half-century.