‘One of the first names in T20WC squad because…’: Gavaskar on ‘versatile’ star | Cricket

With each passing Twenty20, India is looking to find the perfect eleven in this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The fact that the showpiece event was only four months old and India faced a group-level exit in the previous edition adds unnecessary pressure on the first World T20 champions. (Also Read | ‘Disgusting. Fans blast broadcasters for showing Shane Warne’s ad in England vs New Zealand Test)

While India are fighting two T20 matches against Ireland, Surikumar Yadav, who plays regularly in the squad, draws attention. The right-handed batter, known for his 360-degree strokeplay, is set to retire after an injury. He is likely to replace Shreyas Iyer, who has joined the Indian Test squad for the re-scheduled Test in England starting July 1.

Former India player Rohan Gavaskar has praised Suryakumar, saying he is sure of the T20 tournament this year. Suryakumar was one of the leading scorers for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022 but an injury to his left forearm kept him out of the league.

Since making his debut last year, he has played seven one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20s for India.

“To me, he is one of the first names in the Indian T20 squad for the World Cup because he is so versatile, such an exceptional cricketer. You want him to be on the farm and this is the right opportunity for him to get some. Said Sports 18.

Dinesh Karthik’s return to the national fold has heated up competition for the wicketkeeper position. Gavaskar has selected an experienced stumper to replace Rishabh Pant, who recently led India in five T20Is against South Africa.

“You can play all three but in terms of wicketkeeping, I go with DK and I have Sanju Samson and Ishaan in the playing XI. But behind the stumps, I go with DK.”

It remains to be seen whether IPL Sensation Umran Malik will get regular playing time before the Twenty20 World Cup. But Gavaskar tagged Sunrisers Hyderabad Speedster as a “package” with his furious speed and ability to pick up wickets. Jammu Indian made quick news by clocking a speed of 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour in IPL.

“He was very influential in the Indian T20 league. He bowled whole rockets when he had the ball.

“You can bowl as fast as you want. But if you don’t take wickets, you are not economical. Then it makes no difference how fast you are bowling. They look like a complete package. We are all very excited.


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