Deep Dasgupta believes a fresh face would fit in Shreyas Iyer’s place in India team.
With the five-match T20I series between Team India and England are going to take place in Ahmedabad, former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta has said that he wants to see Suryakumar Yadav instead of Shreyas Iyer in the middle-order in the first T20I.
The veteran further said that Suryakumar Yadav, who earned his maiden call-up in the T20I series against England, will better fit at No.4 position than Iyer, who bats in the middle order in the last few limited-overs series as well.
“I would play Suryakumar Yadav before Shreyas Iyer. It’s just that at No. 4 in T20 cricket I think Suryakumar Yadav is better suited at this point in time,” Deep Dasgupta said to Sports Today.
His comments came as Iyer did not have a good series against Australia but he had good numbers in New Zealand last year. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav has been in a sublime since IPL 2020 as well as in the domestic and rewarded as well.
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Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli has confirmed that KL Rahul will accompany Rohit Sharma in the opening whereas Shikhar Dhawan wouldn’t be featured in the first game. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if both Iyer and Suryakumar get the chance to play in the game.
“India might go with Washington Sundar and 2 spinners because if Hardik is bowling then you can play 3 spinners. Washington can bowl in the first 6 overs so you don’t need 3 seamers. They can still go with 3 spinners but I doubt they will. India might go with 2 spinners as of now because Hardik is not bowling,” Dasgupta again shared.
“I think it’s a 50-50 series to be very honest. If this would have been in England then obviously they would have been favourites. England overall, across all conditions might be a little ahead. The ICC rankings are a true reflection of where these 2 teams stand. Because India is playing at home that’s the reason I’m saying 50-50,” Dasgupta further added.
“When you see them bat, irrespective of what they are chasing, you could see that in their body language. That is a huge change that has come in English cricket in the last 3 years,” he concluded.