Ashish Nehra says “If Suryakumar Yadav is fit over Ishan Kishan” in T20 World Cup 2021. Yadav missed the competition match against New Zealand. He was replaced in the team by fellow Mumbai Indians star Ishan Kishan. Ishan was pushed up to open with Rohit Sharma moving down to No.3 and Virat Kohli to No.4. Also, Ashish Nehra believes that if Suryakumar is fit for India’s match. Against Afghanistan, he should be brought back in for Kishan.
“If it was in my hands, I would definitely play Suryakumar Yadav. It’s not that Ishan Kishan is not a good player, you cannot judge someone based on one bad game. I would play Suryakumar Yadav because, if he plays then Rohit Sharma can go back to opening, which I feel is a very crucial position and there isn’t a better player than him to do it. Secondly, Virat Kohli can go back to number 3, because number 4 In the T20s is too low a position for him. Thirdly, you are playing against Afghanistan, which is a spin-heavy team. And when you talk about playing spin, the way Suryakumar Yadav has been playing the last few years, that is why you have picked him in the squad,” Ashish Nehra said.
“This is a big ground and you can’t just deal in sixes. Ishan Kishan is someone who deals in sixes. Suryakumar Yadav can hit boundaries and take on singles as well. So if Suryakumar Yadav is fit, I would definitely play him,” Nehra said.
Lastly, Nehra is of the opinion that Afghanistan’s spin trio. And then Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi. They will be very difficult for India to contend with. He also pointed out that Afghanistan is not just reliant on its bowling. So that, they have enough batting power to trouble their opponents.