Suryakumar, Ishan Kishan will not be first choice for middle order, says Virender Sehwag
By SMCS - Oct 2, 2023 10:19 am
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Former India batter Virender Sehwag has said that Team India will not add Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to their first-choice batting line-up. However, India have confirmed their final squad for the ODI World Cup and have selected a strong batting line-up also where they have fixed members in Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the top-order. They have multiple options in the middle-order where they have Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to fit in as well.

Ishan Kishan

Speaking to Cricbuzz ahead of the World Cup, Virender Sehwag said, “At No. 6 and 7 KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya will be there. So Suryakumar won’t be there at either of those positions. There is No. 5 though. But if Hardik Pandya is your sixth bowler then Rahul will bat at No. 5, and Hardik at No. 6, then comes the bowlers. We thought Ishan Kishan could fit in somewhere in the line-up, but that hundred which Shreyas Iyer scored, if he plays at No. 4 then it will be Iyer, Rahul and Hardik at No. 4, 5 and 6 respectively.”

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KL Rahul led India in 2 matches of India’s bilateral series against Australia and did well too. The batter had been out with injury for a long time but he has made a return into the Indian team with a bang. While speaking on the selection of benched players, the veteran had said that Kishan will be preferred over Suryakumar Yadav as well.

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KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya

“Now it depends on how India look at this combination, whether they feel Hardik will certainly bowl 10 overs because that will give India an extra bowler. So then Suryakumar cannot fit in there and even if there is a slot, then Ishan should be picked ahead because he is a left-hander,” Sehwag concluded.