Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that the star middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has already cemented his place in India’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Suryakumar Yadav is not playing the home five-match T20I series against South Africa as he has been ruled out of the series after suffering an injury. However, he will be seen in action in the upcoming two-match T20I series against Ireland.
During an interaction on Sports 18, Sanjay Manjrekar was asked if the Ireland series will be Suryakumar Yadav’s chance to cement his place in India’s World Cup team. He replied by saying that the star batter has already booked his place in the World Cup team and he doesn’t need to prove anything.
He elaborated: “I think he has already confirmed his ticket to Australia. We have seen a lull in a lot of players’ performances, Rishabh Pant for example, but I doubt whether they will drop him for that big-ticket to Australia.
“So Suryakumar Yadav has already proved his worth beyond any doubt. So injury notwithstanding, I see him having that one seat confirmed on that flight to Australia.”
I think Hardik Pandya is at the top of his game – Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar further talked about Hardik Pandya leading the team in Ireland T20Is and said that the all-rounder has been in top form and his leadership was exceptional in the Indian Premier League 2022 where he led Gujarat Titans to the triumph.
He said: “Loving it, as they say, strike while whatever is hot, and I think Hardik Pandya is at the top of his game when it comes to his batting. Leadership was exceptional, so he himself is a confident leader. I am very excited with the possibility and I think it’s a very good choice.
“I think what we saw in the Indian T20 league, you could see that he was very comfortable with the responsibility, it seemed like he was enjoying it. He works a lot with the coach, which is great, so he will have VVS Laxman to guide him through the ways of international leadership.”
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