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Is Suryakumar Yadav perfect for no 4?

The stylish right handers have been in tremendous form of late as Iyer sizzled against Sri Lanka while Suryakumar displayed his dynamism in the preceding series against the Windies.

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News

  • Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav have been in scintillating form of late
  • Iyer scored 204 runs at a phenomenal strike rate of 174 against Sri Lanka
  • Suryakumar aggregated 107 runs at a stunning strike rate of 194.55 against the West Indies

Narrative

  • Iyer won Man of the Series award vs Sri Lanka, Suryakumar bagged the same honour vs WI
  • Based on numbers, both batsmen have done a terrific job in a limited timeframe
  • Suryakumar has a better strike rate than Iyer in middle and death overs in T20Is

Debate

  • Ajit Agarkar believes Suryakumar Yadav is more versatile than Shreyas Iyer
  • Suryakumar has broken the myth that six-hitting is not just about brute power and muscle
  • Aakash Chopra said Iyer played with a different temperament in every match against Sri Lanka

Few batsmen can fill the void left by Virat Kohli, despite the legend not being in the best of form. Shreyas Iyer, based on his consistency in the three T20Is against Sri Lanka, isn’t one to get buried under expectations. The stylish right-handed batsman who, after an 80 against West Indies in the third ODI, didn’t get to start in the T20 series against the same opposition, pounced on the opportunity in the absence of the former Indian skipper.

The 27-year-old capped the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka with another match-winning half-century and remained unbeaten for the third consecutive time. Iyer aggregated 204 runs at a sensational strike rate of 174 against the Lankan Lions, including three half-centuries, all coming in different scenarios.

His 57 not out off 28 balls in the first T20 came under no real pressure as India were setting the target. The second (74* off 44) and third (73* off 45) half-centuries came under some pressure as the Men in Blue were chasing challenging scores. India’s No. 3 mastering a run chase is a movie we have become accustomed to watching over the last decade. Only this time, the master of run chases and regular occupant of the No 3 spot, watched his possible heir prosper in the new role.

For his outstanding effort, Iyer pocketed the Man of the Series award, just like how Suryakumar Yadav had done in the previous T20 series against West Indies. Suryakumar missed the Sri Lankan series owing to an injury but has done enough in the limited chances to cement his place in the playing XI.

The ascendance of two right handers, who have played several matches together for Mumbai, has left the Indian think tank and Rohit Sharma in a tricky situation just eight months before the T20 World Cup.

Read Also : Irfan Pathan: Suryakumar Yadav Worthy Of Praise By The Way He Cemented His Place In XI

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