Former Team India cricketer VVS Laxman has picked his choice between Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer for the first ODI between India and England on March 23 (Tuesday) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune. Incidentally, the management will face selection conundrums while they sit to pick the playing XI for the first of the three-match ODI series.
Both Iyer and Yadav had impressive campaigns in the T20I series and made use of the chances they got. Even as VVS Laxman found it tough to choose between the two, he zeroed in on Iyer for the ODIs. The 26-year-old Iyer was India’s second-highest run-scorer in the T20Is with 121 runs from five matches at an average of 40.33. In the first game in Ahmedabad, he scored 67, though it came in a losing cause.
Shreyas Iyer gets the nod based on experience – VVS Laxman
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer has provided stability in the middle order ever since he was drafted in India’s middle-order in the aftermath of the 2019 ICC World Cup defeat against New Zealand. VVS Laxman feels that Iyer should trump Suryakumar Yadav as far as experience is concerned.
“I think it is very difficult to just choose one among both, Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer, because what really interests me was the way Shreyas Iyer batted at No. 6. He batted with authority, conviction and just understood the situation and played his shots right from the word go. Because we know that he is ideally suited for No. 4,” Laxman told.
Speaking about Suryakumar Yadav, VVS Laxman admitted that the Mumbai Indians batsman has done exceedingly well in domestic cricket and the IPL. Despite shinning in the recently-concluded T20I series, the former cricketer is of the opinion that Shreyas Iyer’s form can’t be overlooked.
Suryakumar is also someone who has got the talent, but with experience, I feel Shreyas Iyer will be my pick ahead of him. Because we just can’t rely on one or two innings and we cannot really discount Shreyas Iyer’s performances in international cricket.
“Yes, Yadav has done really well for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, but Shreyas Iyer has been very consistent in whatever opportunities he got at the highest level. So, I will always choose Shreyas Iyer to do that role,” Laxman added.