Former West Indies player Brian Lara wants Mumbai Indians batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan to deliver up to their potential to bring Mumbai Indians back in IPL 2021.
Both Suryakumar and Ishan have raised their career in IPL since Mumbai Indians roped them in 2018, and the pair have been indestructible in the middle order over the years.
Suryakumar and Ishan made their international debuts against England in the T20I series, and interestingly both the batters made the fifties on their debut innings.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are selected in India’s T20 World Cup squad
The duo also featured in India’s limited-overs squad against Sri Lanka in July, and both of them earned selection in the 15-member T2o World Cup Squad for next month.
But at the current moment, things are not going on the right track as Suryakumar and Ishan are struggling to score runs in the second leg of IPL 2021.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have to be a little bit more professional now: Brian Lara
Ishan was dropped from the team against Punjab Kings after poor outings, and Suryakumar’s misery with runs continued as he went for a golden duck against Ravi Bishnoi.
Saurabh Tiwary, who came in place of Ishan Kishan, made 45 runs against Punjab Kings on a sluggish track at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Lara feels that Suryakumar and Ishan need to be a little bit more professional and should strive to bring MI close to playoffs qualification.
“Maybe Indian selection (possible reason for their problems). A lot of guys maybe are sitting back on their laurels now,” Lara told Star Sports.
“They remember the Indian team; something may be more important. But this is where your bread and butter is. Playing the IPL, this is where you have done it. Looking at Suryakumar, looking at Ishan Kishan, looking at Tiwary, he looks hungrier than they are.
“For me, those guys have to be a little bit more professional now and try to help their team win the tournament. Forget the World Cup, this is your job now to get Mi back into the tournament,” Lara added.
Mumbai Indians have won five matches in the tournament and are currently placed in the fifth position with 10 points.