Dilip Vengsarkar, the former Indian captain said that Suryakumar Yadav shall be the sixth batsman for the fourth Test. This should be in the plan for the fourth Test against England that is to begin from the 2nd of September.
India has lost the third Test by a complete inning and 76 runs. Even after constant failure in the middle-order skipper Virat Kohli was bullish on playing five bowlers.
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Vengsarkar said, “I don’t like to sound as if it’s a knee-jerk reaction but I firmly believe we need to strengthen our batting line-up by including Suryakumar Yadav ahead of Hanuma Vihari. We should drop a bowler and go in with six batsmen.”
Interestingly, Vensarkar’s comments have also matched the thoughts of Indian Legend Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar has also supported the sixth batsman concept.
Vengsarkar strongly believes that Suryakumar who has an average of 44 plus in first-class cricket has the talent and also temperament to make a difference. He says if Suryakumar comes to bat in the sixth place he can make a huge change in India’s game.
30-year old Surya has an impressive white-ball debut earlier in the year. He was called on the SOS basis post the injury of Shubman Gill along with Avesh Khan.
Vengsarkar said, “You leave out your best spinner out of the playing eleven to me is hard to digest,” the ‘Lord of Lord’s’ wondered aloud. “India will have to play with four bowlers and six batsmen if they have to win the remaining games.”