Farokh Engineer picks Suryakumar Yadav over Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane
By SMCS - Aug 23, 2021 2:44 pm
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Former Indian player Farokh Engineer stated that Suryakumar Yadav should get a chance in the third Test against England at Headingley, Leeds. Suryakumar has been in great form of late in limited-overs formats and the veteran feels that he would do well in Tests too.

Farokh Engineer

On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are likely to be there as their crucial 100-run partnership helped India in the second innings of the second Test to post a huge target. However, speaking to Sports Tak, Farokh Engineer explained why he feels Suryakumar Yadav would fit in the squad.

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“Firstly, I am a huge fan of Suryakumar Yadav. I think he is a class player. I would certainly prefer him to Pujara or Rahane. They are class players, very good players, but Suryakumar Yadav is a match-winner. He is an aggressive player; he will get you a quick hundred, a quick 70-80. He is a fabulous batsman, fabulous fielder, and a wonderful human being as well,” he said.

Many might feel that Suryakumar Yadav would be rushed into Test cricket if he is given the opportunity after just having completed his quarantine a few days ago. However, Farokh Engineer feels his addition to the team will be a valuable one.

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Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara batted well

Suryakumar Yadav has already shown in white-ball cricket that he has the versatility to bat at any position and that could come in handy, given the inconsistent form of India’s middle-order. Notably, The third Test between India and England will take place from August 25.

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Engineer said: “People are usually reluctant to change a winning combination but like they say ‘horses for courses’. It depends on the wicket in Headingley. I don’t see it being too different. The Headingley pitch will be a good Test wicket. It’s considered to be one of the finest batting pitches in the world. So, I would like to see the inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav. He is the trump card in the team.”