Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has stated that the selectors currently might not be in a position to choose between Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Yadav is a part of the 20-member national side which is currently training in Sri Lanka ahead of the six-match limited-overs series. On the other hand, Iyer is still recovering from the shoulder injury that he sustained during the home series against England.
In a recent video uploaded on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said:
“This is a very very tough question whom you would like to pick. I am not in a position at the moment and I don’t think even the selectors are in a position to take that call.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator also highlighted that number four is the only batting slot left in the current Indian batting line-up.
“If Rahul and Rohit open and Kohli plays at No.3, you play Hardik and Rishabh Pant at No.5 or No.6 or the other way around, then you have got Ravindra Jadeja followed by Washington Sundar. So, only one slot is left and that is No.4. So Shreyas or Suryakumar at No.4, it is a tough call,” he added.
“You will tilt towards Shreyas Iyer only because of his greater experience”
Aakash Chopra said that Shreyas Iyer might be nudged over Suryakumar Yadav, owing to his greater experience at the international level. The former opening batsman also pointed out the fact that Iyer is the captain of his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals (DC).
“You will tilt towards Shreyas Iyer only because he has the greater experience, he has already performed well in the ODI team and is also the captain of his team. If he does well in the IPL, you might just go with him, to begin with,” Chopra said.
However, he further reckoned that the selectors will have to go with Surya if he does well in all six matches against Sri Lanka, followed by a decent performance in the second phase of IPL 2021.
“But if Suryakumar Yadav does very well in the six matches now and the IPL also complements that, then you will have to go with Suryakumar Yadav.
“It’s a lovely dilemma. I can’t pick a player at this point in time because both are good and have the ability to play better than run-a-ball and have the requisite experience of T20 cricket. So maybe just go by current form,” he signed off.