On Saturday, February 20, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) picked the squad for the upcoming T20I series against England, scheduled to get underway on March 12. The likes of Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav got their maiden national call-ups. Varun Chakravarthy, who missed the Australia tour due to injury, also made his way into the squad.
Even as Tewatia played for Rajasthan Royals (RR), who finished last on the points table, Kishan and Suryakumar plied their trade for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kishan wasn’t a first-choice player for them in 2021 and only made the eleven after a few injury concerns in the camp.
Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan show their caliber
The southpaw batted in the middle-order and opened as well, showing his versatility. Back in 2018, MI, the five-time champions of the IPL, picked Kishan up for a stunning amount of INR 6.20 crores. Kishan was a 19-year-old then and he managed to create a bidding war. After signing him, Mahela Jayawardene, MI’s head coach, said how Kishan was one for the future.
“I think he’s definitely a talent. The other teams were interested in him up to Rs 6.2 crore says that he’s a talent for the future and they probably rate him at the price. Some of the other Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen went at a higher price because it’s difficult to find an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman,” Jayawardene had told.
Suryakumar was outstanding as well. He batted at number three and mostly carried forward the good work from the openers. His top score in the tournament came against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Team India’s squad for the T20I series:
Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, W Sundar, R Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep, Shardul Thakur.
In the meantime, the netizens reckoned that Suryakumar and Kishan deserved the call-ups after how they performed in the IPL. The users on Twitter lauded them and congratulated them for getting picked for the matches at home.
Here’s how the netizens reacted:
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) February 20, 2021
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) February 20, 2021
While the selectors seem to have gone away from Samson and with Pandey injured, the trio of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tewatia have been rewarded. With these 19, plus Jadeja, Shami, Bumrah ‘rested’, India’s World T20 core group has 23-24 #INDvsENG
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 20, 2021
Happy, whistling and cheering for @surya_14kumar no one deserved it more than you!🥳🥳
— Pankil Sheth (@PankilSheth19) February 20, 2021
— Iamkrish_7 (@iamkrish_7) February 20, 2021
— Mownick_raaj (@MMownick) February 20, 2021
Jofra after seeing Suryakumar yadav in d squad.. 😀😀😀 pic.twitter.com/CrtdaxLdUL
— Suresh (@Urstrulysuresh3) February 20, 2021
— JustCricket (@justcricketblog) February 20, 2021
Rishabh Pant – Suryakumar Yadav – Ishan Kishan
Our middle order for T20 WC21 is absolute fire 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tzgbNWfDxH
— Jay. (@Itxjunu18) February 20, 2021
Highlights of India's T20 Squad Against England:-
•Suryakumar Yadav selected for the first time.
•Ishan Kishan Selected first time.
•Varun Chakravarthy return.
•Rahul Tewatia selected for the first time.
•T Natarajan comeback.
•Bhubaneswar Kumar Comeback.#INDvsENG
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 20, 2021
— D S 45 (@ImDs264) February 20, 2021
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