Rohan Gavaskar thinks that Suryakumar Yadav should be the focal point of India’s batting lineup if the country is to have any chance of winning the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
On the 31st of August, during India’s match versus Hong Kong in Dubai for the Asia Cup 2022, Suryakumar hammered an undefeated 68 off of only 26 balls. His aggressive knock contributed to the defending champions’ victory against Nizakat Khan’s team by a score of forty runs.
Gavaskar was questioned about his views on Yadav’s knock as he was participating in an engagement on the Sports 18 program known as “Sports Over the Top.” His response was:
“If we want to be successful at the World Cup, the core of our batting lineup has to be Sky (Suryakumar Yadav). We have to ask SKY what his stance is or where he believes he can have the biggest influence and find out from him.”
Suryakumar Yadav has an average of 39.89 and a Strike Rate of 177.52 in T20is with 6 fifties and a hundred from just 23 innings.
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Gavaskar continued by stating that Yadav ought to be given the opportunity to choose his batting position within the Indian order. The former all-rounder for India provided the following explanation:
“We have watched him open, third, and fourth, so we are familiar with his range. Do you believe that you can do the greatest damage by opening, or by batting in the third or fourth spot? Then pay attention to what he has to say and provide him with unrestricted access.”
Suryakumar Yadav in T20I in 2022:Advertisement
Innings – 14
Runs – 514
Average – 42.83
Strike Rate – 190.37
Hundreds – 1
Fifties – 3
Only Indian player to score more than 500 runs in this year.Advertisement
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In the T20 International series against the West Indies, Yadav was asked to open the batting, even though he had often played in the middle order. In India’s first match of the Asia Cup, which they played against Pakistan, the Mumbaikar batted at No. 5, while Ravindra Jadeja was promoted to bat ahead of him.