Mumbai. Indian T20 team captain Hardik Pandya has supported the inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav, who batted brilliantly in limited overs last year, in the Test team. Before the opening match of the 3-match T20 series against Sri Lanka (IND vs SL), Hardik, while supporting the vice-captain of the shortest format of the game, said that Suryakumar can be an important member of the team in all three formats of the game. Suryakumar recently expressed his intention to play Test cricket and said that he has always dreamed of playing red ball cricket for the country. He is one of the few current Indian players to have played a Ranji Trophy match this season. The Mumbai batsman played an entertaining inning of 90 runs in 80 balls while returning to Ranji Trophy last month after almost 3 years.
Hardik Pandya said that Suryakumar has the ability to change the course of the match and is the most important player for the team management. Pandya said, ‘I have said for Surya earlier also that he started playing international cricket late. I always wanted him to be a part of the Indian team in 2020 itself. But, unfortunately this was not possible. He achieved those things now which he could do earlier.
Important in every format
He said that I can only wish him the best for this and I hope he continues to run for the Indian team. Will go further in life and score more runs. Surya has been wonderful to me and my team. Hardik indicated that he would depend heavily on his successor in the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. He said that Surya is very important for all formats and I have no doubt about his success in Tests. He has the ability to change the trend of the game anytime. I am sure the selectors and the captain are keeping an eye on him.
Hardik said that everyone knows his usefulness in limited overs, I do not need to tell how important he is for us. For me as a captain and for the team management, he is our most important player. We want him to do better. The 3-match T20 series between India and Sri Lanka is starting from today. The first match is to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 03, 2023, 07:14 IST