Former Indian cricketer and cricket expert Sanjay Manjrekar believes the Mumbai Indians (MI) will have to make a huge decision regarding the inclusion or exclusion of Suryakumar Yadav from their playing XI for Saturday’s game against the Delhi Capitals (DC).
Suryakumar Yadav, like a few other MI batsmen, is struggling to find form and has scored just 35 runs in his last six IPL innings. Sanjay Manjrekar thinks MI can either show confidence in him in a big game where the team’s qualification for the play-offs is at stake, or they can drop him altogether.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, here’s what Sanjay Manjrekar had to say about Suryakumar Yadav’s form:
“When we talked about MI’s out-of-form batsmen, we took names like Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya. Suryakumar Yadav didn’t score the points, but we said he would eventually find form. Rejected in the last match is definitely a reason to concern for MI this is a big game for MI and they can see it in two ways as it is a big game they can show confidence in Suryakumar Yadav he will find form or they can drop him completely like SRH Warner dropped for Jason Roy.”
Steve Smith must play if Prithvi Shaw is unfit: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar also spoke about Steve Smith’s impact at the top of the sequence in the final game. DC replaced an injured Prithvi Shaw with Smith and the latter performed well, scoring 39 points.
While many would question his clout, Sanjay Manjrekar thinks the field at Sharjah helps the spinners and Smith, who is good at countering spin, should be part of the DC XI against MI.
“The game is in Sharjah where the ball spins and you have to be good against spin. In the last game Steve Smith played really well and looked like one of the better DC batsmen. He made the fewest mistakes and so is his game important if Shaw is unfit,” concluded Sanjay Manjrekar.
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