The India and Sri Lanka team will be up against each other in 1st T20I on 24th February. Several injury concerns have disturbed the Indian team’s line up for the series. Here is the latest update about the reliable run scorer for the team.
According to the sources, the Indian middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav is said to have sustained a hairline fracture on his hand during fielding in final T20I against West Indies and was deemed to be not fit for the T20I series. If the injury is serious, it may take upto 2-4 weeks for him to make a return into the cricket field, which may put dent on his chances of playing in the first few leagues games for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League 2021. Suryakumar Yadav was the leading run scorer for the team in the T20I series against West Indies with 107 runs at a strike rate of 146, and was named as player of the series as well.
No replacement is expected to be announced due to the strict bio bubble related protocols in the Indian camp. The squad size has been reduced to 16, with the unavailability of Surya and Deepak.
In the absence of Suryakumar Yadav in T20I series against Sri Lanka, here are 2 players, who will be crucial for the Indian team.
1. Shreyas Iyer
The talented middle order batsman is likely to feature in all the 3 matches of the series, and can stitch partnerships and accelerate at the right point of time. He played 2 matches (last T20I and last ODI) against West Indies and scored 105 runs.
2. Ruturaj Gaikwad
One of the most consistent batsman in the domestic cricket and IPL for past 1 year will be looking to take this opportunity to score big and cement his place in the Playing 11 of the Indian team.