Legendary India spinner has said that middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav should play every match in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Suryakumar scored a rapid half-century to guide India to a 99-run win (DLS) against Australia in Indore.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, Harbhajan said Suryakumar should be the first name on the team sheet at the World Cup for India. Suryakumar has been included in India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming home World Cup.
“Suryakumar Yadav should play every match. In whose place, I don’t know. But his name should be the first one to be written down. After that, the other players should be selected,” said Harbhajan.
He went on to say that Suryakumar can completely change the complexion of a game, insisting that there’s no one who can bat at a better strike rate. Suryakumar scored an unbeaten 72 off 37 deliveries, smashing six boundaries and as many sixes in Indore.
“He is a player who can win you games and completely change the complexion of a match. When he performs, he will turn the match into a one-sided one. There is no better player who can bat a better strike rate,” Harbhajan added.
The 43-year-old said Suryakumar should play every match in the World Cup for India. Suryakumar has scored 659 runs in 29 ODIs for India, at an average of 28.65.
“Among finishers, we have Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, but I feel Suryakumar Yadav should play at No. 5. He should play every World Cup match. No team has a better player than him,” said Harbhajan.
Following their win in Indore, India is set to take on Australia in the third and final ODI of the series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on September 27.