Hardik backs Suryakumar to be given chance in Test
Ahead of the three-match T20I series opener against Sri Lanka, Hardik backed the vice-captaincy in the shortest format of the game, saying Suryakumar can be an important member of the team in all three formats of the game.
Indian T20 team captain Hardik Pandya on Monday supported the inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav, who was a prolific batsman in limited overs last year, in the Test team here. Ahead of the three-match T20I series opener against Sri Lanka, Hardik backed the vice-captaincy in the shortest format of the game, saying Suryakumar can be an important member of the team in all three formats of the game.
Suryakumar recently expressed his intention to play Test cricket and said that he has always dreamed of playing red ball cricket for the country. He is one of the few current Indian players to have played a Ranji Trophy match this season. The Mumbai batsman scored an entertaining 90 off 80 balls last month in the Ranji Trophy after a gap of almost three years. Hardik said that Suryakumar has the ability to turn the tide of the match and is the ‘most important player’ for the team management.
Hardik said, “I have said for Surya in the past that he started playing international cricket late. I always wanted him to be a part of the Indian team in 2020 itself. But, unfortunately this was not possible. He has achieved those things now which he could do in the past. I can only wish him all the best for this and I hope he continues to run for the Indian team and go further in life and Will score more runs. Surya has been wonderful to me and my team.
Hardik indicated that he would rely heavily on his successor in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. “He is very important across formats and I have no doubt about his success in Tests. He has the ability to change the trend of the game anytime. I am sure the selectors and the captain have an eye on him. “Hardik said,” Everyone knows his usefulness in limited overs, I don’t need to tell how important he is for us. For me as captain and for the team management, he is our most important player. We want him to do better.
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