The selection of Suryakumar Yadav as the opening batsman in the current T20I series against the West Indies was questioned by former Indian stars Kris Srikkanth and Mohammad Kaif.
Team India played admirably against the West Indies in the third Twenty20 encounter of the series on Tuesday, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
India staged a remarkable comeback in the third game, defeating the hosts by 7 wickets at Basseterre, after giving up a fairly easy defeat in the second. Even though the experiment worked in the side’s favour in the third match, the side has continued with it, which has led many fans and former cricketers to be very critical of the team management.
In each of India’s first three T20I matches versus West Indies, Suryakumar Yadav has started at the centre of the Indian offence. Suryakumar, who is primarily a middle-order batsman, recently hit a century while batting at number five in a T20I match against England.
Kris Srikkanth was displeased with the team’s use of Suryakumar as an opener:
Former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth was dissatisfied with Suryakumar’s use as an opening batsman. Kris Srikkanth obstructed Mohammad Kaif as he attempted to make sense of the move, claiming that the team management may have tried to send Suryakumar early to see if he could score at a higher strike rate.
“Mohammad Kaif is taking both sides. He is happy with his opening as well as him batting at number four. Why would he open?
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“Mohammad Kaif, if I ask you to open the innings, would you like it?” Kris Srikkanth asked the former India star.
Kaif, in reply, said “no.” Srikkanth then said, “Same with Surya. Think about Surya.”
In the third T20I, Suryakumar played well as the opener, scoring 76 runs in just 44 deliveries as the visitors successfully chased down a 165-run target.