“Don’t spoil him”: Bat Suryakumar Yadav At The Position He Will Bat In T20 WC, Says Ravi Shastri

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Former India National Cricket Team head coach Ravi Shastri has shared his views on Indian management’s decision to play middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav as an opener in the T20I series against West Indies National Cricket Team.

Star batter Suryakumar, who has done a brilliant job as a middle-order batsman for India National Cricket Team, was surprisingly promoted as an opener in the five-match T20I series against West Indies National Cricket Team and the batter has failed to perform well in his new position, having registered scores of 24 and 11 in two games.

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During a discussion on FanCode, where the likes of Kris Srikkanth, Ravi Shastri, Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Kaif were present, former India National Cricket Team head coach said that Suryakumar should be played at the position where he will bat at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

“Surya is a certainty in the side. Bat him at the number he will play in the T20 World Cup 2022,” Shastri said.

Suryakumar Yadav is a brilliant player at No. 4 – Kris Srikkanth

Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)
(Image Credits: Twitter)

Former India captain and chief selector Kris Srikkanth slammed the Indian management for opening with Suryakumar. He said that the young opening batsman Ishan Kishan should be included in the team in place of Shreyas Iyer if India want an opener. He elaborated:

Suryakumar Yadav is a brilliant player at No. 4. He should be batting at No.4 in the T20 World Cup. So, why do you want to make him open? If you want someone to open, drop Shreyas Iyer and pick Ishan Kishan instead.

“What I am trying to say is simple … Don’t spoil a cricketer like Suryakumar Yadav. Please don’t do that. I will tell you, after a couple of failures, he will lose his confidence. Cricket is a confidence game.”

Suryakumar Yadav. Photo- Getty
Suryakumar Yadav. Photo- Getty

Also Read: IND vs WI: Do Not Ruin The Cricketer, He Will Lose Confidence: Kris Srikkanth Furious With Rohit Sharma For Opening With Suryakumar Yadav

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