VVS Laxman Feels Suryakumar Will Not Play In The ODI Series Opener
By CricShots - Mar 23, 2021 11:08 am
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Ahead of the first ODI against England, former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman has asserted that Suryakumar Yadav may not find a place in the playing XI for the series opener as there are others who have been performing quite consistently in ODIs in the format in recent times. Suryakumar made his international debut in the recently concluded T20I series against England which India won 3-2 after beating the visitors by eight runs in the fifth T20I.

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Suryakumar Yadav scored a fifty in the T20I series

The right-handed batsman played three games and hit 57 and 32 in the fourth and fifth matches respectively. In the second T20I, Suryakumar did not get a chance to bat. Talking about the same during a show on Star Sports, VVS Laxman said, “I actually don’t know whether he will get to play in the playing XI and that’s the depth in this Indian team.”

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He further added, “Whether you take Test, one-day, or T20I cricket, Suryakumar Yadav doesn’t get into the playing XI just because there are others who have performed exceedingly well in international cricket. Yes, he’s in form, but I would definitely go with players who have shown that consistency in international cricket. So, for me, he won’t get into the playing XI in the first ODI.”

When asked to pick between Suryakumar and Shreyas Iyer, the former batsman said he will go with the latter for the number six role as he has scored runs consistently in the past.

VVS Laxman

Describing the same, Laxman said, “I think it is very difficult to just choose one among both, Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer because what really interests me was the way Shreyas Iyer batted at No. 6. He batted with authority, conviction and just understood the situation and played his shots right from the word go. He has done so well in both one-dayers and T20Is in that position, but for the first time I have seen him bat at No. 6, and he didn’t disappoint anyone.”

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He also explained, “Suryakumar Yadav is also someone who has got the talent, but with experience, I feel Shreyas Iyer will be my pick ahead of Suryakumar Yadav. Yes, Suryakumar Yadav has done really well for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, but Shreyas Iyer has been very consistent in whatever opportunities he got at the highest level. So, I will always choose Shreyas Iyer to do that role,.”

The three-match ODI series between India and England is scheduled to be commencing at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Tuesday.