India in Sri Lanka: I want Suryakumar Yadav to play all 6 matches, says VVS Laxman

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VVS Laxman reckons middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav for Team India in the upcoming ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka starting July 13.

India will be playing a series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Sri Lanka from July 13 (Reuters Photo)

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  • India will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is vs Sri Lanka in Colombo from July 13
  • I just want him to go and gain the confidence of scoring runs: Laxman
  • Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the white-ball series in Sri Lanka with Rahul Dravid as the coach

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman feels the tour of Sri Lanka will be a great opportunity for Suryakumar Yadav to prove his worth in the white-ball formats.

Suryakumar Yadav has played 3 T20Is for India in the series against England in which he averaged over 44 and Laxman reckons the upper middle-order batsman will be crucial in the ODIs and T20Is in Sri Lanka.

India will be playing a series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Sri Lanka from July 13.

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“This is a great opportunity. I just want him [Yadav] to play all the 6 matches, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is because he is someone who can definitely walk into the T20 World Cup squad, as far as I am concerned,” Laxman said.

“So I just want him to go and gain the confidence of scoring runs even at the international level,” he added.

“Both of them [Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan] capitalized those opportunities. I was really excited the way Suryakumar Yadav batted at No.3,” he further said.

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“The kind of freedom, the first scoring shot in international cricket and that too against a quality fast bowler like Jofra Archer, to hit him for a six over fine-leg shows the kind of confidence and the skill and the talent he possesses,” Laxman added.

The T20 World Cup will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, having been shifted from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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