The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced three squads for the upcoming tour of Australia. Among all the squads, one surprise omission was Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav. The surprise exclusion has grabbed a lot of eyeballs including former chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar, who has urged BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, Suryakumar has been one of the most consistent performers in domestic cricket and IPL. His ability to bat anywhere in the order makes him a special talent. The Mumbai batsman has been scoring heavily in Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy on a consistent basis since last three years now.
Probe Suryakumar Yadav’s absence – Dilip Vengsarkar
This edition of IPL also has been no different for Suryakumar Yadav, who has done his job silently. So far, he has scored 283 runs with a strike rate of 148.9. On the back of this, many former cricketers and pundits expected him to earn his maiden call. However, it wasn’t the case which has left many shocked.
Soon after the squads surfaced, veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh lashed out at the selectors. And Dilip Vengsarkar has joined the chorus as he seemed completely surprised by Suryakumar Yadav’s omission.
“I’m astounded at the omission of ‘Surya,’ who is currently one of the most talented batsmen in the country, from the teams selected for the Australian tour. As far as sheer potential is concerned, I can compare Surya with the best in the Indian team. He has scored runs consistently. I don’t know what else he has to do to merit a place in the Indian team,” Dilip Vengsarkar told the Times of India.
Comparing him to the likes of Indian greats, Dilip Vengsarkar urged BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to probe into Suryakumar’s Yadav absence. He also stated that in Rohit Sharma’s absence, Suryakumar would have been the ideal choice for Australia tour.
“A batsman is at his peak from the age of 26 to 34. and I feel Surya (30) is at the peak of his career. If form and fitness is not the criteria, then what is it? Can anybody explain?” the former India chief selector asserted.
“With Rohit (Sharma) out of the team due to (a hamstring) injury, Surya should have been there to strengthen the middle order. BCCI president Ganguly should question the motive behind dropping Suryakumar Yadav,” he stressed.