IND vs NZ 1st Test: Suryakumar Yadav added to India’s squad for Kanpur Test – Report

IND vs NZ 1st Test: Suryakumar Yadav added to India's squad for Kanpur Test - Report
IND vs NZ 1st Test: Suryakumar Yadav added to India's squad for Kanpur Test - Report

IND vs NZ 1st Test: Suryakumar Yadav added to India’s squad for Kanpur Test – Team India have added Suryakumar Yadav to their squad for the first test against New Zealand set to kick off on Thursday. Yadav was drafted into the squad and asked to join the team after the T20I series ended on Sunday. The Mumbai batsman had been included in the squad for the series against England, but is yet to make his debut in the longest format of the game.

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IND vs NZ 1st Test: Suryakumar Yadav added to India’s squad for Kanpur Test – Report

As per reports, Team India have added Suryakumar Yadav to their ranks for the First Test. With captain Virat Kohli resting for the first test, Surya adds depth to the squad, which presently has Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill battling for the No.4 spot. The Mumbai batsman has been a prolific run-scorer for Mumbai in the IPL and in the domestic circuit, with his dynamic batting earning him plaudits with new head coach Rahul Dravid also said to be an admirer.

Suryakumar Yadav made his debut for India in the T20Is earlier this year, while an ODI debut followed later under Dravid’s leadership in Sri Lanka. He is yet to play a game for India in the longest format but was called up as cover during the team’s tour of England before the T20 World Cup.

IND vs NZ 1st Test: Suryakumar Yadav added to India’s squad for Kanpur Test – Report

As per reports, the selectors have been keen on an aggressive middle-order batsman for the Test team, and Yadav clearly fulfils that criteria as Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari all fit in as “defensive” players. Yadav would hope that the call up is followed by a test debut, but will face competition from Shreyas Iyer, who is also in line to make his bow in the longest format of the game.

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Suryakumar Yadav has scored 5,326 runs in 77 first-class games, including 14 hundreds and 26 fifties. He has led Mumbai in the past and has been impressive across formats for India in 2021. While BCCI are yet to give an official confirmation, it remains to be seen whether Suryakumar Yadav has been added as a replacement or been just added to the squad as an extra player.