Suryakumar Yadav is one player who has seized his opportunity this year.
Having made his international debut during the T20I series against England earlier this year, not only has Suryakumar Yadav chipped in with consistent scores but the ease with which he has got them has left everyone wanting for more.
Yadav was clearly India’s best batter during the Sri Lankan tour. He looked at complete ease against the Sri Lankan spinners and was equally good against the pacers.
The stylish Mumbai batter was adjudged ‘Player of the Series’ in his maiden ODI series and he backed it up with a match-winning 50- his second in 3 T20I innings- in the 1st T20I.
Suryakumar Yadav’s tour, however, ended prematurely as he was deemed unavailable for the last two T20Is as he was one of the eight cricketers who were identified as close contacts to the covid infected Krunal Pandya.
However, Aakash Chopra believes that SKY has done more than enough to warrant a regular place in India’s playing XI for the T20 World Cup.
“Suryakumar Yadav was absolutely sensational. Of course, he played only four of the six matches before being placed in isolation. I am glad he has not tested positive because he has to go to England. Everything about Yadav was brilliant. He batted with great confidence and dominated the bowling. In the race for the No. 4 spot, in which Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are also in contention is definitely ahead.” said Aakash Chopra on his official Youtube channel.
With India set to name an extended squad for the T20 World Cup due to Covid, Suryakumar Yadav is a certainty in the touring party.
However, Aakash Chopra has reckoned that with the kind of form that the Mumbai cricketer has displayed, he should be one of the first names in the playing XI in the quadrennial event.
“Even if he has decent IPL in the second half of this year’s edition, he should be in the T20 World Cup squad. The Team India squad for the tournament will be a big one owing to COVID-19, so Yadav should anyways feature in it. But I feel he should even be in Team India’s playing XI in the World Cup matches. The kind of form he is in, he has been a huge positive for India,” Chopra added.