Salman Butt
Salman Butt. (Image- AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt is expecting Suryakumar Yadav to be more consistent with the bat, especially given he is 31 and has loads of experience in domestic cricket.

In the recently-concluded New Zealand, Yadav scored a match-winning hand of 62 runs in the first T20I in Jaipur, but registered 1 in Ranchi and a duck in Kolkata.

Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, and Suryakumar Yadav.

Salman Butt stated that Yadav shouldn’t be compared to the likes of Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant who are much younger than him and although Yadav had made his international debut earlier this year, he should show more consistency owing to his experience.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Suryakumar Yadav has played a lot of domestic cricket by now. He’s 30-plus. At this age, a batsman is usually very mature. You can’t compare him to Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant’s experience because they are relatively younger boys with lesser experience. So, Suryakumar Yadav should be more consistent and he will achieve that with time,” Salman Butt said in his YouTube video.

Pant scored 33 runs in the 3 matches and his strike rate of 113 was below expectations. Kishan played only in the third T20I and scored 29 off 21 balls.

Venkatesh Iyer looks a very bright prospect: Rohit Sharma

Another youngster who has caught the attention of everyone is Venkatesh Iyer, the all-rounder who played all three matches versus New Zealand following his exploits in the IPL.

Iyer scored 36 runs in 3 innings. His 4 off 2 balls in the first T20I and 20 off 15 in the third were crucial knocks. He got to bowl only in the last game and returned with impressive figures of 1/12 in 3 overs.

Rohit Sharma confirmed that Iyer is in their plans going forward, and termed him as a “bright prospect” in the all-rounder’s role.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer. Image-Twitter

“The plan is to keep him in the mix as much as we can. At the same time, we need to give him a role of where to bat. He doesn’t usually bat in this role; for his franchise he bats up the order and it’s going to be tough for him to bat up the order so we’ve given him a role to bat at probably 5, 6,7 in the lower-middle order. See he can do the job for us,” Rohit said after the win in Kolkata on Sunday.

“Today he looked quite composed for whatever time he was in there. He was clear in his mindset and had a good approach for whatever he wanted to do. You saw his bowling skills. He looks a very bright prospect for us.”

The T20I series will be followed by two Tests, which will be played in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7) before the team flies out for South Africa.

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