“Suryakumar Yadav will lose his confidence, cricket is a confidence game,” Kris Srikkanth not happy with Suryakumar’s promotion at top of the order

The Indian team management is using Suryakumar Yadav as opener in the ongoing T20I series against West Indies

The former Indian opening batsman Kris Srikkanth is not at all amused with India’s experimentation of using Suryakumar Yadav as an opener in the ongoing T20I series against the West Indies. Suryakumar has faced 22 balls in the first two games of the series and has scored 35 runs, but he was far more consistent in the middle order.

Kris Srikkanth, who is one of the experts at Fancode for the India Vs West Indies T20I series, is perplexed by the fact that India has tried to fix something which is not even broken because if they don’t have their first-choice opener KL Rahul available for this series, they have got Ishan Kishan.

Srikkanth thinks India could have opened with Ishan Kishan and left Shreyas Iyer out of the playing XI. Changing Suryakumar’s batting position doesn’t make any sense at all, because he was playing some of his best cricket while he was batting in the middle order.

Mohammed Kaif also echoed the thoughts of Kris Srikkanth

According to Srikkanth, if Suryakumar Yadav has a few failures at the top of the order, he might lose his confidence and confidence is vital for any player at the highest level of the game. Srikkanth urged the Indian team management not to “spoil” a player as good as Suryakumar.

Mohammed Kaif, another expert at Fancode, also echoed the views of Kris Srikkanth and said even if India wanted to go with the same XI that they went within the first two games, they had the option of opening the batting with Rishabh Pant who has opened the batting in domestic cricket and IPL before. And, he opened for India even on the recent England tour.

It’s interesting now what combination the Indian team management goes with, in the third T20I against West Indies, because the series is leveled now with India having lost the second T20 international yesterday in St Kitts.


I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.
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