"Do we actually need KL Rahul?"- Former Kiwi player big statement on KL Rahul's form
Scott Styris, a former New Zealand cricketer, praised Suryakumar Yadav's adaptability and said that the right-handed batsman adds a little extra something to the group of batters around him.
Many believe that Yadav will be in the starting lineup for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia as he has been having a dream run in T20 cricket. The Mumbai player now ranks second among T20 batsmen in the ICC Rankings, just a few points behind Babar Azam, thanks to his prowess with the bat.
Styris stated on Sports18's daily sports news programme "Sports Over The Top" that he is not shocked by Yadav's success as India's opening batsman since he believes that a strong player would succeed no matter what position they are asked to play in.
He said, “Suryakumar Yadav has the ability to hit the ball into funny areas and it will be hard for the opposition captain to set a field for a player like him since he is a 360 degree player". The form of KL Rahul also remains very questionable. With SKY and Rishabh Pant showing good signs with the bat at top of the order it will be hard to ignore them even when KL Rahul returns.
He said, “Suryakumar Yadhav and Rishabh Pant are taking their chances and scoring runs and really posing the selectors some questions saying, do we actually need KL Rahul?”
Rahul was supposed to captain the Indian team for the T20Is against South Africa in June of this year, but he was forced to withdraw due to groin injury. After that, he took a flight to Germany, where he underwent surgery before traveling to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for recovery. He was selected for the Indian T20I squad for the series against the West Indies, but Covid-19 kept him out.