Suryakumar Yadav played a blinder of an inning in the third T20I against Sri Lanka on Saturday. He smashed an unbeaten 51-ball 112 and helped India reach 228 for the loss of 5 wickets. After reaching fifty in 26 balls, Suryakumar took just 19 balls more to reach the 100-run mark.
Former India batter Aakash Chopra feels that Suryakumar shouldn’t be considered for Test cricket because of his current red-hot form in white ball cricket. He said the management did this earlier with Rishabh Pant and now doing this with Shubman Gill.
“I feel let’s not get obsessed. It is our country’s tendency to get slightly obsessed, that if we get a player, we say he should be played in all three formats. At this point in time, I feel we are wanting to do that with Shubman Gill. We were extremely eager to do that with Rishabh Pant earlier, that he is doing well, let’s play him in all formats. The same talk is happening with Suryakumar now because there is no doubt about the level at which he is batting.” Aakash said on his YouTube channel.
I am not a huge fan: Aakash Chopra on Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar is currently the no.1 T20I player in the world. He has played 43 T20I innings in his career and smashed 1578 runs with an outstanding average of 46.41. He also has 3 T20I centuries and 13 half-centuries under his belt.
“I would still say that this is an ODI World Cup year, the 20-20 World Cup will also happen after two years, neither has he played Test cricket nor has he played much first-class cricket for a long time, although he did hit a century recently, but I am not a huge fan.”
“I would say keep it slightly separate. Why do you want to force it? It is not required. If a lot of spots are vacant and you want to play him, it’s very good. But to bat at No. 5 or No. 6 – I personally feel that you can let him remain a white-ball player.”
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