Robin Uthappa
First T20I vs NZ: Suryakumar Yadav smashed excellent innings.


When it comes to Suryakumar, Uthappa thinks he should be batting at No. 4 or 5.

As Uthappa pointed out, Rishabh Pant would benefit if Surykumar Agarwal batted lower,

Suryakumar’s innings in the first T20I against New Zealand was sensational.

Robin Uthappa, a former Indian hitter, believes that Suryakumar Yadav would be better served batting lower in the order, at No. 4 or 5, rather than his normal No. 3 spot.

Suryakumar Yadav’s 62-run innings from 40 balls helped India beat New Zealand’s target of 165 in the inaugural Twenty20 International in Jaipur on Wednesday. Suryakumar, batting at No. 3, but the hosts in command with a 59-run partnership with skipper Rohit Sharma before reaching his half-century. After being removed in the 17th overs, Suryakumar made an important contribution to India’s victorious chase.

With only nine T20 international games under his belt, Suryakumar has already amassed an impressive 243 runs at an average of 48.60, including three fifty-plus scores.

When it comes to T20Is, Mumbai Indians hitter Shreyas Iyer has established himself in the Indian team.

Robin Uthappa, a former Indian hitter, believes that Suryakumar might be better-suited batting lower in the order, at No. 4 or 5, rather than his normal No. 3 spot.

ESPNCricinfo quoted Uthappa as saying “Suryakumar’s versatility and the fact that he can play wherever in the order make him a good addition to the team. I’ve seen him at Nos. 5 and 6, and he performed admirably in both of those spots.”

Having Suryakumar bat lower in the order would also benefit Rishabh Pant, Uthappa said.

“I think Shreyas Iyer would be a good fit for the No. 3 spot because he enjoys taking his time. That’s not how Surya is. Surya is an extremely dangerous hitter in any position because of the variety of shots he has at his disposal. With (Rishabh) Pant needing some help to close out games, I think you should seek to bat him at No. 4 or 5 “Explained Uthappa

“Pant will gain some self-assurance as a result of this, I believe. India needs a finisher, a reliable finisher, and this will help him as he moves forward in that same position. Rishabh Pant will benefit greatly from these modest initiatives as we draw closer to the World Cup.”

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