After achieving a sensational victory in the second Test against England at the Lords Cricket Ground in London, Team India will head Leeds, Leeds, high for the third Test. The visitors defeated England by a large margin of 151 runs in the second Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Not to mention, no captain likes to change the winning combination, especially on the foreign tours, and a similar thing can be expected from Virat Kohli. The former cricketer in India Farokh Engineer was of the opinion that India should make one change in their series for the third match.
Engineer reckons India should fall too Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane to choose Suryakumar Yadav. Both Pujara and Rahane have received rave reviews from all quarters for their hard work. However, the duo played useful shots in the second innings of the Lord’s Test and formed an important 100-run partnership.
Similarly, Suryakumar impressed everyone with his consistency in white ball cricket. He, along with Prithvi Shaw, was drafted to the Indian side Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan was excluded from the series. Engineer calls Suryakumar a ‘match winner’ and ‘class player’.
‘First of all, I’m a big fan of Suryakumar Yadav. I think he’s a class player. I would definitely prefer him over Pujara or Rahane. “They are class players, very good players, but Suryakumar Yadav is a match winner.” Engineer told Sport Tak in an interview.
‘With Shreyas Iyer out of the squad with an injury, I think Suryakumar should definitely be in the squad. He is an aggressive player; he will get you a fast century, a fast 70-80. He is also a fantastic batsman, a fantastic fielder and an amazing man. added the 83-year-old.
The engineer thought Headingley was an ideal place for batsmen, and it could be a great opportunity for Team India to play there against Suryakumar.
‘People are usually reluctant to change a winning combination, but as they say’ horses for courses’. It depends on the wicket in Headingley. I do not see it too differently. The Headingley track will be a good test post. It is considered one of the best batting fields in the world. So, I would like to see Suryakumar Yadav included. He is the trump card in the team, “ Engineer added further.