“In Pandya’s absence, Suryakumar Yadav becomes very important” – Harbhajan Singh

“In Pandya’s absence, Suryakumar Yadav becomes very important” – Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh’s opinion regarding Suryakumar Yadav’s role in the absence of Hardik Pandya is valid and significant. Hardik Pandya is a versatile player who contributes both with the bat and as a medium-fast bowler. His absence due to injury can create a void in the team’s balance, and someone like Suryakumar Yadav may be called upon to step up and fill that role.

Suryakumar Yadav is known for his aggressive batting and ability to score quickly, making him a valuable asset in limited-overs cricket. In the absence of Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar might be tasked with providing the team with additional firepower in the middle order, particularly in the finishing role.

Yadav’s role may extend beyond just his batting. He may also need to contribute more with the ball if required, as Pandya often provides crucial overs in the middle and death stages of an innings. Therefore, Suryakumar Yadav’s adaptability and ability to handle pressure will be vital, especially in a major tournament like the World Cup.

Suryakumar replaced Pandya in the match XI for the World Cup game against the Kiwis, but could not make an impact. He was run out for 2 following a mix up with Virat Kohli. With Pandya unlikely to be fit for the match against England, Suryakumar is set to get another chance to shine in the ODI World Cup.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Harbhajan shared his thoughts on the importance of Suryakumar [4:05] in Pandya’s absence.

“Hardik Pandya is unlikely to be available for the next two games. In Pandya’s absence, Suryakumar Yadav becomes very important. He will bat at the crucial No. 6 position. He was a little unlucky in the last game. He got run out following a mix-up with Virat Kohli while he was batting,” the former cricketer said.

The 43-year-old added that if Suryakumar had got his eye in against the Kiwis, the match wouldn’t have gone so far. He also backed the Indian batter to make up for his lost opportunity in the game against England.

“If Suryakumar had stayed there, the match wouldn’t have gone so far. Till Virat Kohli was there out in the middle, there was no need to worry, but Suryakumar Yadav will be a crucial member for this team. I feel if he gets a chance, he will make up for the run out. His performances in ODIs in the recent series against Australia were worth watching,” Harbhajan concluded. 

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