IND vs SL: Aakash Chopra believes Suryakumar Yadav will be in India’s T20 World Cup team

Suryakumar Yadav is likely to face stiff competition from Shreyas Iyer for a spot in the Indian playing XI for the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup.

Aakash Chopra and Suryakumar Yadav
Aakash Chopra and Suryakumar Yadav

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has stated that flamboyant batsman Suryakumar Yadav will be a member of the national side bound for the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup.

Surya played an outstanding knock of 53 runs off 44 deliveries under pressure during the second One Day Internationals (ODI) match against Sri Lanka. However, he got out when the visitors still needed another 116 runs, before Deepak Chahar, Krunal Pandya and Bhuvneshwar took India home. 

The 30-year-old has impressed all with whatever international games he has played so far after making his debut earlier this year. In a recent video uploaded on Aakash Chopra’s channel, he backed Yadav to find a spot in the 15-member squad of team India for the upcoming ICC event. He said:

“Let me put my neck on the block, I am saying Suryakumar Yadav will be in India’s T20 World Cup team although there will still be debate and competition, but I feel he will pip somebody to the post.

“There is only a 15-member squad in the ICC events but this player will make his place in that fifteen, he has been absolutely sensational.”

“Suryakumar Yadav is a different kind of player”

Suryakumar Yadav six
Suryakumar Yadav

The Mumbai cricketer has consistently done well in the domestic circuit as well as for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the past few years of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Aakash Chopra further highlighted Kumar’s ability to play at different batting positions which could turn out to be handy for the Virat Kohli-led side. The cricketer-turned-commentator concluded while saying that Suryakumar Yadav cannot be overshadowed for long. 

“Suryakumar Yadav is a different kind of player. Two years ago, Suryakumar Yadav used to bat up the order and was unable to score runs after the powerplay. But now the game we have seen, he is batting at No.5, he plays as though he is made for that position. The Indian team could need someone at No.5.

“The clouds can cover Surya’s shine for some time but cannot hide it. The Surya eventually shines and this Surya has shone once again, he has smashed a half-century,” he concluded.

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