After a number of permutation and combinations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India finally announced the squads for team India tour of Australia on Monday. Sunil Joshi, the newly appointed chief selector, picked the team for a three-match ODI and T20 series and a four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy via video-conference.
While the selectors thrown in some surprises by picking Varun Chakravarthy, dropping Rishabh Pant from limited overs squad and making KL Rahul vice-captain in limited overs, Suryakumar Yadav’s non-selection raised many eyebrows.
The dashing right-hander from Mumbai is one of the most prolific run-getters in domestic cricket in past three years. He also has impressive numbers for three successive seasons playing for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League.
In this IPL also, he has shown that he has got temperament and courage to handle tough situations. Suryakumar Yadav is the second-leading run-scorer for Mumbai Indians in this season with 362 runs from 12 games at an average of 40.22.
While he bats at No.3 for MI, his versatility and adaptability are well known to everyone. The former KKR batsman used to bat at 5 or 6 for KKR in IPL. He also proved his mettle batting down the order with his little scoops and cheeky shots coming handy many times.
He was expected to get a call from Indian National team for Australia tour but somehow selectors managed to ignore Suryakumar Yadav. After the selection snub, the right-hander came up with an emotional message.
“I should enjoy my cricket more, keep scoring runs, keep winning games. That will help me more to push the door and play for India.
“My father always checks all the websites any time an India A team is announced. He calls me as soon as he sees it, and tells me ‘your name is not there’. I tell him ‘that’s not a problem’. The most important thing I feel is that you have to score so much that you force them to pick you,” he said.
At a time, when the market is blowing hot and cold over selection decisions, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma’s old on Suryakumar Yadav is going viral on social media.
Back in 2011, Rohit had tweeted, “Just got done with BCCI awards here in Chennai.. some cricketers coming up.. Suryakumar Yadav from Mumbai to watch out for in future!”, predicting Suryakumar Yadav one for the future.
Just got done with BCCI awards here in chennai..some exciting cricketers coming up..Suryakumar yadav from Mumbai to watch out for in future!
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 10, 2011
Though Suryakumar proved all the expectations right, his snub from national team is something a lot to be discussed.