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Former India player Suresh Raina believes Indian team’s star player Suryakumar Yadav should be involved in Tests after tasting success in white-ball cricket saying that without the batsman “all three formats shouldn’t even exist” . Suryakumar had an amazing year with the bat breaking a series of records and setting a new benchmark like never before in the T20I format. He became only the second batsman to make more than 1000 runs in a calendar year in T20Is and finished the year as the top run-getter, scoring 1164 runs at a ridiculous batting percentage of 187.43.
“Absolutely, the way he performs. I think he should play in all three formats and without him all three formats wouldn’t even exist. The way he performed, the way he shows his intent, the way he plans different shots, he also plays fearlessly and knows how to use the dimension of the ground,” Raina said in a conversation with Aakash Chopra on Viacom18 Sports.
“He’s a Mumbai player and he knows how to play red-ball cricket. I think he has a great chance – playing Test cricket will give him a new establishment in ODIs and some stability as well. He’ll hit several 100s and then 200’s scoring.” he added.
Pragyan Ojha agreed with Raina saying “He should definitely be in the test team. The way he has played cricket and the way he has performed I think he should be in all three formats. I know why this question comes “The way the young talent Sarfaraz Khan is performing at the moment. I understand there is temptation and I think its time will come. But Surya deserves 100 percent to be on the test team.”
At the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Yadav was at the top of his game, scoring three fifties in six innings and averaging close to 60. Notably, his strike rate was 189.68, which was again very high.
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