IND vs SL Live: Hardik Pandya Bashes Virat Kohli And Ravi Shastri For Ignoring Suryakumar Yadav. Three T20Is and three ODIs will be played in India against Sri Lanka in a white-ball series. On January 3, the Men in Blue will play their first T20I in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. In the absence of veteran players Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya will skipper the side in a shorter format, with Suryakumar Yada serving as his deputy.
Suryakumar, the top-ranked batsman in T20 Internationals, had a great season with the bat and finished the year as the format’s leading run-scorer. The 32-year-old had a stellar average of 46.56 and a strike rate of 187.43 while scoring 1164 runs in 31 games. Additionally, Surya finished third in scoring at the recently finished ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Hope Suryakumar Continues The Run For The Indian Team – Hardik Pandya
During the first Twenty20 international match against Sri Lanka, Hardik Pandya made a media statement expressing his desire for Suryakumar Yadav to join Team India in 2020. Pandya commended Surya and expressed optimism for the right-hander to maintain his excellent form.
“I have said in the past for Surya that he played international cricket late. I was always keen from 2020 for him to be a part of the Indian team. But, unfortunately, he was not. So, God gave him what he did not get in the past. He played late but, yes, he got exactly what he would have got earlier as well,” said Pandya during a press conference on Monday.
“I can only wish all the best and I hope he continues the run for the Indian team and flourishes more in life and scores more runs and makes sure that he helps the team to win as well,” Pandya added.
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Suryakumar Has The Game To Kind Of Change The Momentum – Hardik Pandya
Yadav has the potential to alter the momentum and the scenario, in Hardik’s opinion, making him a highly crucial player in Test matches as well.
“He has been fantastic, and going ahead, he is a very important player (for India) in all the formats. I feel in red ball (cricket) as well, he has the game to kind of change the momentum and the situation (of the match), if he comes (to bat) and I am sure (that) the selectors and the captain are looking at him as well.”
“In white ball cricket, as everyone knows, I don’t need to tell how important he is. But for us, as captain and management, he is one of the most important players and I want him to flourish more.”