Former New Zealand all-rounder, Scott Styris reckons that India should make Suryakumar Yadav permanent at No.4, ahead of Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson, owing to his game-winning potential. Styris added that the oppositions would be extremely delighted if the Suryakumar was not a part of India’s limited-overs sides.
Suryakumar Kumar has been one of the best performers in T20I cricket, scoring 537 runs in 19 matches at an incredible average of 38.35 and a brilliant strike rate of 177.22. He has been maintaining a great average of 44.28 in ODIs, but he will want to be a little bit more reliable there.
During a recent chat with Sports18, Scott Styris said, “There are very few people on this planet who are bigger fans of SKY than what I am, I can tell you that right now. If he is not in that side, then every other side around the world is just doing a little dance. It was pleasing for me when everyone said that he should be one of the first guys picked and I can understand why. I think he has got real game-winning potential. You want players who can win matches on their own.”
He further explained, “It’s the other names around, you have got Rohit, KL Rahul and Kohli – so the front three are taken. So there is a real squeeze where he fits in. I think he should be the No. 4 but he is up against the likes of Shreyas Iyer and the Sanju Samson.”
Suryakumar Yadav is an integral part of 5-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians and has scored 2036 runs at a respectable average of 33.37 in 69 IPL matches.
Talking about the same, Scot Styris said, “It’s about form and it’s about making sure that you are the guy that has the match-winning performances under your belt. No pressure situations get to him, that is true. He plays for Mumbai, and therefore he is used to dealing with big pressure in big games in front of big crowds and that’s what I like about him.”