India should have opened with the second Suryakumar Yadav of the team – 1983 World Cup winner
Azad said India should have opened with Rishabh Pant, who plays like Suryakumar Yadav.

KL Rahul scored two half-centuries, but overall he was below par in the ICC T20 World Cup. He couldn’t get going in the important games, especially against England in the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final.

He was taken apart by Kirti Azad, who was critical of his approach in the tournament. Azad said India should have opened with Rishabh Pant, who plays like Suryakumar Yadav.

“I have been saying for a long time that India should have gone with Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in the opening slot. Pant is like Suryakumar Yadav and likes to play strokes from the start. The surprising approach of the Indian team in the first six overs was beyond my understanding,” he told India Today.

The Men in Blue lost to England by 10 wickets after scoring 168 in 20 overs. The right-handed batter was dismissed after scoring 5 off 5 balls. In 6 matches, he amassed 128 runs at an average of 21.33. His strike-rate was 120.75.

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