Gautam Gambhir on Suryakumar Yadav’s batting position in the upcoming World Cup 2023
Gautam Gambhir reveals where he wants Suryakuamr Yadav to bat for India in World Cup 2023.
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir spoke about the batting position of Suryakumar Yadav for team India in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and said that going by his form in ODIs, it will be a huge gamble for the team management.
Suryakumar, who had failed miserably to score big in the 50-overs format lately, finally came good in the one-day format with a well-made 50 off 49 balls against Australia in the first ODI in Mohali on Friday, September 22.
He was delighted to have made a meaningful contribution to ODIs after a long time. For someone who had cracked the T20 format and admitted that he kept wondering what was going wrong in one-day cricket.
“I was wondering what was happening. The colour of the ball is the same. The teams are the same. The bowlers are the same. I think I was hurrying a bit. I thought, Let’s take a little more time, calm myself, take it slowly, and try to bat deep,” Suryakumar Yadav said after the first ODI in Mohali.
India won the match pretty easily, with Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and KL Rahul scoring half-centuries.
I would want him to bat at 6-7- Gautam Gambhir on Suryakumar Yadav’s batting position in World Cup
Gambhir believes that Suryakumar will perform at his peak when given the opportunity to bat with about 15-20 overs left in Indian innings, if a scenario arises to that of T20 cricket. He believes the men in blue can promote Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya over him in exchange for holding back Suryakumar.
“If Suryakumar Yadav is in your first playing XI, then I would want him to bat at 6-7, but the big question will then be who will bat at No. 5. Then Jadeja can bat at No. 5, Hardik at 6, and Suryakumar as the finisher, where he can bat in the final 15-20 overs.
But it will be a huge gamble deciding whether you want Jadeja at No. 5 and Suryakumar, in the form that he is in ODI cricket, at No. 7. This would put a lot of responsibility on the top four,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports.