Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman reckons Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tewatia are unlikely to make their Team India debuts during the upcoming five-match T20I series against England.
All three players are part of the 19-member Indian squad selected for the T20I series, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 12. Laxman feels the aforementioned trio is likely to warm the bench during the series.
Backing his claim, Laxman said that Team India are likely to stick with Shreyas Iyer batting at No. 4. He also wants Rishabh Pant to play the finisher’s role alongside Hardik Pandya.
“I don’t see them getting a chance because you have a settled middle order. I would love to see continuity as far as the No.4 position is concerned and Shreyas Iyer would be my choice as far as batting at No.4,” VVS Laxman said on the Star Sports show, Cricket Connected.
“I would love to see Rishabh Pant back in the mix, batting at No.5 and then you have got Hardik Pandya at No.6. So, I don’t see Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan or for that matter Tewatia getting a chance but whenever they get a chance I am sure all of them will perform and play to the best of their abilities,” he added.
The cricketer-turned-commentator also expressed his delight about Suryakumar Yadav receiving his maiden national team call up. He highlighted that the veteran batsman forced the Indian selectors to pick him by performing consistently year after year.
“The way he has patiently waited for his chance because there is a cliche and especially my coach used to tell me in the early days of my career that if the selectors are not opening the door then you break open the door.
“That’s exactly what Suryakumar Yadav has done and he is a real role model for a lot of youngsters who aspire to play for the country,” Laxman explained.