Last Update on: July 9th, 2021 at 03:45 pm
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Suryakumar Yadav could be the ideal candidate to bat at number three in the T20 World Cup. Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the domestic circuit and IPL. Sanjay Manjrekar underlined that the right-handed batsman bats well in the middle-order; hence, he should fit well in the role.
Suryakumar Yadav has had an outstanding start to his international career as he played an integral role in India’s T20I series against England at home earlier this year. The Mumbai-born batsman has been a consistent run-getter in IPL in the last few years, scoring risk-free runs and being instrumental in Mumbai Indians’ dominance. Yadav is also an outstanding fielder.
Sanjay Manjrekar stated that Suryakumar Yadav is amongst the front-runners to bat at number three since Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma would be the openers. The 55-year old remains unsure of what KL Rahul’s role would be, but he reckons that Suryakumar Yadav indeed fits in the team. Manjrekar pointed out that Yadav can hit fours even off good balls, making him an apt number three batsman.
“Yes, I think he is one of the front-runners, especially with the news coming out that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are going to be India’s openers. There could be a number three slot open for me. I don’t know what plan they have with (KL) Rahul, there certainly is a place for someone like Suryakumar Yadav. I have rarely seen somebody bat like that in the IPL for the whole season and even more, the kind of batsmanship we have seen. And makes him an ideal number three, he can hit good balls for fours, certainly one of the option,” Manjrekar told in a virtual interaction.
Ishan Kishan is my choice, purely because I am going for the more consistent batter: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar further claimed that he would go with Ishan Kishan as the keeper-batsman since limited-overs cricket needs a consistent batsman. While the cricketer-turned-commentator underlined that Sanju Samson is good to watch, but he lamented the lack of consistency the reason behind choosing Kishan.
“Ishan Kishan is my choice, purely because I am going for the more consistent batter. In ODI cricket keeping is not as crucial as it is in Test matches, in T20s it is not that vital, so you are really making a choice of a better batter. Samson is incredible when he gets going, there is nobody better than him but consistency is a very important criteria for me and that is where I would like to back somebody like Ishan Kishan before I look at Sanju Samson,” he added.
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