Indian middle-order batter Suryakumar scored a solid fifty against Australia in the first ODI played in Mohali. It was a much needed fifty for Suryakumar Yadav in the ODI format as he has been struggling from a long time. Suryakumar Yadav has got this half-century exactly after 590 days which will really boost up his confidence before going into the ODI World Cup.
Meanwhile, the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has said that there are chances that Suryakumar Yadav might be seen in the playing XI of Team India but it depends on Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma where to fit him in the playing XI.
In a conversation with Star Sports on YouTube, the former cricketer talked about the situation of Suryakumar Yadav in the Indian playing XI. He suggested that if Suryakumar is indeed to be a first-choice player in the World Cup squad, he should ideally slot in at No. 6 or 7 and should play as a finisher. However, it is still a question about the player occupying the fifth spot.
“If Suryakumar Yadav is in your first playing XI, then I would want him to bat at 6-7, but the big question will then be who will bat at No. 5. Then Jadeja can bat at No. 5, Hardik at 6 and Suryakumar as finisher where he can bat in the final 15-20 overs.” Gambhir said.
Talking further, Gautam Gambhir said that the decision of sending Suryakumar at number six or seven would be a great risk for the team.
“But it will be a huge gamble deciding whether you want Jadeja at No. 5 and Suryakumar, in the form that he is in ODI cricket, at No. 7. This would put a lot of responsibility on the top four,” he added.
India will play its first match in the ICC ODI World Cup against Australia on October 8 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.