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Gautam Gambhir slams India’s selection for dropping Suryakumar Yadav in 3rd T20I

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Gautam Gambhir lashed out at the team management for dropping Suryakumar Yadav.

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has slammed the Indian team management for dropping Suryakumar Yadav from the playing XI in the third T20I against England in Ahmedabad as he only got his maiden T20 cap in the second game where he didn’t even get the chance to bat.

Suryakumar Yadav made ways for Rohit Sharma, who returned in the playing XI. Rohit and KL Rahul opened the innings for India while Ishan Kishan dropped down to No.3. Both Rahul and Ishan failed to score.

However, Gambhir said that the team management’s decision would’ve hurt him also if he would have been in Suryakumar Yadav’s place. “It will surely hurt me, if I was in Surya’s position,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo in a video interview.

“If you’ve made a debut, you’ve probably try and give him a few matches”: Gautam Gambhir on Suryakumar Yadav

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir further gave the examples of Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson as they were dropped from the India T20I side without giving consistent opportunities as well.

“I’m not 21, I’m 30. Once you touch 30, the insecurities start creeping in a lot more. Look at what has happened to Manish Pandey, no one even talks about him. Look at Sanju Samson, no one even asks a question where is he?” Gambhir again shared.

He again added that India should have given at least three or four games to Suryakumar Yadav to see how his game is going.

“If you’ve made a debut, you’ve probably try and give him a few matches. As long as you don’t get the backing of team management, you won’t be successful. Look at Ishan Kishan… Scores a half century and then gets dragged to No.3,” Gambhir again added.

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India are already 2-1 down in the five-match Twenty20 International series after losing the 3rd T20I by eight wickets on Tuesday. They will have to win in the fourth game so that they could return in the series as well. If England wins, they will win the series as well.

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