India Tour of Sri Lanka: India’s No 4 conundrum- Give another chance to Manish Pandey or groom Suryakumar Yadav? Even after Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian side has landed on the Sri Lankan soil, the questions regarding the ideal picks for both batting and bowling department are looming. The opening spot alongside Shikhar Dhawan, the crucial number 3 position, and even the number four position are rife between potential grabbers- Manish Pandey or Suryakumar Yadav.
The number 4 spot would have otherwise been owned by Shreyas Iyer had he been all fit and not been recovering from his infamous shoulder injury, as remains the case currently.
As the number 4 position void lurks in the India team, InsideSport delves deep to analyze the Men in Blue’s likely grab among the two based on their recent forms, stats, and numbers.
India Tour of Sri Lanka: Manish Pandey
After getting a one-off chance to don the Blue jersey in the third T20I against Australia overseas, Pandey could register only two runs. Owing to his poor show in just one match coupled with his eclipsed shade of luck that often inflicts Pandey, he was denied a place in the white-ball format during England’s tour to India. Besides, his latest appearance in only one ODI against New Zealand in January 2020 where he scored 42 runs stands just too old to claim him a spot in the playing eleven.
However, his recent stint in Phase 1 of IPL 2021 gives all the reasons to bank on this player. Amassing a total of 193 runs in 5 matches, he averaged 48.25 and maintained a super strike rate of 123.71.
Barring all the prejudices and his irregular selection in the Indian squad, his recent blazing form and roaring stats can likeably get him the number 4 spot.
India Tour of Sri Lanka: Suryakumar Yadav
When the adversity of irregular chances still lurked Manish Pandey, Yadav conquered the offered spot against England in the T20I series, just when he received his long-awaited debut chance for Team India. In the 3 matches against the Three Caps, he aggregated 89 runs and averaged 44.5. He played with a super high strike rate of 185.42 and seemingly cemented the long-stood shaky spot in Iyer’s absence.
His extended in-form performance since Team India’s days was seen well in Phase 1 of IPL 2021 too, where he collected 173 runs across 7 matches. While his average remained 24.71, his strike rate was soaring as high as 144.16.
Accounting from their recent form with a neutral mind, both vouch ferociously and are equally competent for the number four spot. With the final decision of course resting with the selectors subject to their very recent practice and net sessions, both would be yearning for this position in the upcoming series as this can be their tickets to ICC T20 World Cup.
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