Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar backs Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan for the T20 World Cup.
Former India cricketer has said that both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are good enough to be in the Indian squad for the upcoming mega-event T20 World Cup later this year which India will conduct as well. Both of them made their debut in the ongoing T20I series against England, where Ishan Kishan started with a swashbuckling fifty in his first match.
On the other hand, Yadav too made a match-winning fifty in his second game. However, both of them play for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and they are the key players of the franchise as well.
“There is no question how talented both the players are,” Tendulkar said to Reuters in a recent interview. “It eventually boils down to selection and the selection committee. But I can say that having played in IPL against all the leading foreign players, they are ready to play (in the Twenty20 World Cup).”As the Mumbai Indians mentor, Tendulkar had a ringside view of the duo in the IPL and was not surprised how they performed against the top-ranked England team.”
“They are very good players” – Sachin Tendulkar on Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan
“They are very good players. I have spent a lot of time with Surya, he looked fantastic. Before the last IPL season, when Ishan was practising in the nets, there were a number of things which one could see. He was trying to get his bat swing (right), and be mentally stable. From there on, how he has progressed is remarkable,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar also shared how IPL has helped them as they both had already faced England pacers Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes in the cash-rich league. Therefore, while playing against them in the international cricket, they didn’t feel any discomfort and they could manage them easily. He cited the example of Suryakumar Yadav who pulled Archer for a maximum from the very first ball he faced in international cricket.
“What IPL has done is it has given exposure to players to play against the leading players in the world. Even before you’ve played for the country, you have the chance to play against them. During our time, it was for the first time … Now with so may leagues across the globe, it’s never the first time,” Tendulkar concluded.
The decider of the five-match T20I series between India and England will take place on March 20 in Ahmedabad.