Former Indian Senior team selector Saba Karim has applauded Suryakumar Yadav for his brilliance and said that the top T20 ranking Indian batter can be used as a floater for the side ahead of Asia Cup 2022. Team India will start their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, August 28 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, while the tournament will start tomorrow on Saturday following a Group B match that will be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Ahead of the India vs Pakistan match in Asia Cup 2022, all eyes are on the playing XI of both arch-rivalry teams. Yadav, the 31-year-old batter is in special focus as he has shown his brilliance at the middle-order level in England and opened in the four games in recent West Indies where he performed astonishing knocks.
Yadav has made his place in India’s playing XI which means that one of Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will get the chance to be in the predictable playing XI. Hardik Pandya, who had wreaked havoc through his bowling over the English team and played a massive inning with bat in their own den in the last tour of July month this year will definitely be in playing XI, while Virat Kohli, despite not having the best of forms, is likely to bat at number three throughout the tournament.
Karim mentioned that Suryakumar Yadav’s specialities will be useful to push him up the order if necessary or he can accelerate straightaway coming at the halfway stage of the innings. He noted the value that Yadav brings into the side at any position and wanted the Indian middle order to be floaters who can adjust to situations. He added that Rishabh Pant can also bring a left-handed option into the mix and revealed his top three in the batting line-up of India.
“Suryakumar Yadav is such a multi-dimensional player, I can keep his as a floater. I can push him up the order, if my two openers bat say till the 7th– 8th over, I can push in SKY then. Or in case it is required, I can also push him down the order because he’s such a player who can give me value at whatever number he bats and I’m looking at my 4-5-6 as floaters,” Karim told while speaking exclusive on a sport news channel.
“I will in fact keep Rishabh Pant very handy. Because if I feel that I need to push in a left-hander at the top of the order, I can do that as well. But as of now my fixed three positions at the top would be Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli,” he added.
Earlier, a few days ago former Australia cricketer Shane Watson had included Suryakumar Yadav in his top five players of a World T20 XI during a Preview show on ICC TV, that was a fresh achievement of the 31-year old Indian star batter. In Watson’s list Pakistani captain Babar Azam is on first and then on second number Suryakumar’s name listed. Thereafter, Watson’s compatriot player David Warner, England’s Jos Buttler and another Pakistani Shaheen Afridi are placed in respective order.
Suryakumar Yadav had hit 76 runs off 44 balls including 8 fours and 4 sixes in the third T20 against West Indies on August 2 of this year with a strike rate of 172.73. India had won that match by 7 wickets.
Suraykumar Yadav has played 23 T20, 13 ODI matches. He has scored in T20Is a total of 672 runs including 1 century and 5 half-centuries with a strike rate of 175.46. In ODIs, he has scored 340 runs including 2 fifties with a strike rate 98.84. As for his previous performances in T20Is, he is considered as a special player for T20, who has abilities to perform in multi-dimensional forms.
The right-handed batter, Suryakumar Yadav is World No. 2 in ICC men’s ranking in T20Is with 805 rating points, a few points less than Pakistani World No. 1 Babar Azam who has 818 rating points.