Former India Opener Batsman Gautam Gambhir has questioned the decision to pull out Suraykumar Yadav from the playing XI in the 3rd T20I against England on Tuesday.
Suryakumar Yadav made a way for Opener batsman Rohit Sharma who was rested for the first & second T20Is & the omission of the young batsman made Gautam Gambhir angry who wants the team management to give the Mumbai Indians batsman a consistent run.
“It amazes me, seven months before the World Cup he starts preparing for World Cup, and probably after the World Cup he will start preparing for the next World Cup. It really doesn’t matter, the kind of form you are in matters,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Gambhir as saying.
“Imagine if there is an injury issue, what you have seen of Suryakumar Yadav, what you have seen of Suryakumar Yadav in international cricket. I hope nobody gets injured but if there is an injury case and somebody needs to bat at number 4 and number 5,” he further said.
“For example, there has to be a replacement for Shreyas Iyer, who are you gonna go for. So at least look at someone whom you have got into the setup. Probably give him that opportunity in three or four games and see where he stands,” Gambhir added.
Gautam Gambhir feels that if Suryakumar had delivered for the hosts in the ongoing series he could be looked at as a backup option at the number four batting position. Gautam Gambhir said that too much rest & rotation of players has created an unwanted problem & cited England’s approach of fielding the same playing XI in the T20I series.
“We create a problem for our own self because we juggle a lot. In every game, there is some change or the other. Look at what England have done in this third T20I, they have not changed their batting order. So if you create problems for yourself, you would keep talking about problems of plenty,” said Gambhir.
“India will never be short of talent, there will always be players coming through because we have got such a great structure, we have got such a great franchise cricket a tournament like IPL. But when you keep juggling players, keep dropping players you will create problems for yourself,” he added.
But at the end, Kohli’s knock was outclassed by Jos Buttler who also registered an unbeaten half century for the visitors. Scoring 83 off 52 deliveries the opener batsman helped his team take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five match T20I series. Both the teams will face each other in the fourth T20I on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.