Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav had quite the perfect start to his international T20I career for Team India, but despite that former India batsman VVS Laxman believes that there may be no spot for him in the playing XI of the first ODI against England.
Laxman also added that Suryakumar has done exceedingly well in IPL for the Mumbai Indians and that there is no doubt about how talented the batsman is, but the Team India bench strength is so strong that even a player of his calibre may not get a spot in the playing XI at times.
“I actually don’t know whether he will get to play in the playing XI and that’s the depth in this Indian team. 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,” said Laxman on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Talking about having to choose between players like Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav, Laxman said that although it is a difficult task, he would most likely go with the Delhi Capitals skipper because of his greater experience in international cricket.
Will pick Shreyas Iyer ahead of Suryakumar, says Laxman
“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 (in T20I series). He batted with authority, conviction and just understood the situation and played his shots right from the word go.
“Because we know that he is ideally suited for No. 4. 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.
“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. Because we just can’t rely on one or two innings and we cannot really discount Shreyas Iyer’s performances in international cricket.
“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,” Laxman added.