The Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav is a man in red hot form. Since making his international debut he has performed well consistently for team India. Also in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, he was awarded player of the series for his amazing run with the bat. The former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has labeled Suryakumar Yadav as the biggest positive for India in the white ball series against Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Suryakumar performed well in all 4 games he played in the 6 matches limited-overs series. Suryakumar Yadav was very unfortunate to miss out on the 2nd and 3rd T20I games due to the Covid-19 spread in the Indian camp which led him to go for self-isolation. Surya scored 31, 53, and 40 runs in the ODI series. Also, he scored a half-century in the first T20I against Sri Lanka.
Shreyas Iyer at 4 in T20i
31.25 runs per innings
151.52 strike rate
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Aakash Chopra praised Suryakumar Yadav for his sensational performance in the limited-overs tour and termed him as the biggest positive. Also, Aakash Chopra mentioned that Suryakumar Yadav is the number one contender for the no.4 spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup. He asserted:
“Suryakumar Yadav was absolutely sensational. Of course, he played only four of the six matches before being placed in isolation. I am glad he has not tested positive because he has to go to England. Everything about Yadav was brilliant. He batted with great confidence and dominated the bowling. In the race for the No. 4 spot, in which Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are also contenders, Yadav is definitely ahead.”
“Even if he has decent IPL in the second half of this year’s edition, he should be in the T20 World Cup squad. The Team India squad for the tournament will be a big one owing to COVID-19, so Yadav should anyways feature in it. But I feel he should even be in Team India’s playing XI in the World Cup matches. The kind of form he is in, he has been a huge positive for India,” Aakash Chopra added.
Deepak Chahar has also presented himself as an all-round option” – Aakash Chopra
The cricketers turned commentator also showered praise on CSK bowler Deepak Chahar. Aakash Chopra said Deepak Chahar proved that he possesses the ability to pick wickets with the old ball. Also, Chopra further added with his amazing batting in 2nd ODI he has presented him as an all-round option. He explained:
“Deepak Chahar has proved himself before as well. He has a six-for to his name, including a hat-trick, which is ctually a world record performance. He has been brilliant with the new ball in the IPL. However, critics were unsure of whether he could take wickets with the old ball. He played two one-dayers and one T20I for Team India in Sri Lanka and claimed scalps with the old ball.”
“His innings of 69 not out in the second ODI came at a time when the match seemed out of Team India’s grasp. He won the match and the series for the team. He should make the T20 World Cup squad. And, since he is batting well, he has also presented himself as an all-round option, who can strengthen the lower-order and give depth to the batting,” Chopra further said.