The veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has picked the more suited batter to bat at the number three position between Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer in the T20I series against New Zealand.
Men in Blue were all set to play their first game after the T20 World Cup 2022 down under as they were scheduled to face New Zealand in the opening game of the three-match T20I series at Wellington. Both teams now will face each other at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
The seniors are resting for the series as Hardik Pandya is leading the young Indian side. Hence, the remaining two matches will be crucial for the young players as they will look to cement their place in the Indian side with solid performances. One of those players is Shreyas Iyer as the Mumbai batter will look to grab the golden opportunity to seal his place in the Indian T20I side.
Shreyas Iyer was a part of the reserves for the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2022 as he failed to find a place in the main squad. The Indian team is currently facing a massive backlash from fans for their timid approach during the multinational event. One could expect the young India team to apply the fearless approach against New Zealand.
To efficiently apply the approach, many have been suggesting the promotion of Suryakumar Yadav to number three so that he can be more effective and help the Indian team to dismantle the opposition.
Ravichandran Ashwin opines on Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav’s batting position
The off-spinner made some interesting remarks while speaking on his YouTube channel as he talked about the batting position of Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav.
“Anyway, Shreyas Iyer at 3, and Suryakumar Yadav at 4 are a lock. There will be a temptation to send Suryakumar Yadav at 3. But I think Shreyas has earned his right. So, Shreyas will go at three and Surya will bat at 4,” opined Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin also talked about Rishabh Pant’s place in the Indian batting unit and his batting place. He suggested that Pant should not open the batting as India need a batter in the middle order.
“If you send Rishabh Pant at the top, we won’t have any left-handers in the middle order. Not having a left-hander in the middle order is also highly spoken about. Having a left-right combination in the middle is really important in T20s. Is there a left-hand middle-order option available?,” further added Ravichandran Ashwin.