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Yuvraj Singh identifies Surya Kumar Yadav, Bumrah as key to India's prospects in T20 World Cup

Yuvraj, a former T20 and ODI World Cup winner, said that SKY and Bumrah need to have a good tournament for India to succeed, whilst also mentioning that Dinesh Karthik shouldn't be selected if he isn't in the XI.
Last Updated : 26 April 2024, 12:23 IST
Last Updated : 26 April 2024, 12:23 IST

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New Delhi: Former India star Yuvraj Singh has identified the swashbuckling Suryakumar Yadav and pace ace Jasprit Bumrah as key to the team's prospects in the upcoming T20 World Cup owing to their ability to 'change the complexion of a game' in a jiffy.

Yuvraj, who was pivotal to India's title triumph in the inaugural edition of the tournament back in 2007, said Suryakumar will need to have a good outing for the team to win the cup for the second time while also suggesting that Bumrah needs to be at his best.

"Suryakumar Yadav (is India's key player)," Yuvraj was quoted as saying by ICC.

He added, "Because the way he plays, he can change the complexion of a game in 15 balls. And he is definitely a surety… for India to win this T20 World Cup, Surya is going to be the key."

"I think Jasprit Bumrah is also the key with the bowling and I would like to see a leg-spinner in the squad as well, like Yuzvendra Chahal as he has been bowling really well."

"But being a batter, I would say Suryakumar Yadav (is the key player)."

While dissecting the options of who should be India's first-choice wicketkeeper, Yuvraj expressed satisfaction with veteran Dinesh Karthik's form in the IPL but said if he is not part of the playing XI, there is no point picking the 38-year-old in the squad as the younger Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson have been playing extremely well.

"DK (Karthik) has been batting well, but the thing with DK is that the last time (2022) they picked him, and the T20 WC was on he didn't get to play," Yuvraj noted.

"If DK is not in your XI, I don't think there is any point in picking him. There is Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and both guys are in great form and obviously they are younger."

"I would like to see DK in the mix, but if he is not going to play then you would rather have someone who is younger and can make the difference."

Rohit and Virat have earned the right to decide on their future

Yuvraj knows just how important Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are to India's fortunes in the T20 showpiece and refused to put an end date on when he thinks the duo should retire from international cricket.

Instead, Yuvraj suggested that Rohit and Kohli should consider giving up on playing T20I cricket after the T20 World Cup and concentrate on other formats.

"As you get older people start talking about your age and they forget about your form," Yuvraj stated.

"These guys have been great players for India and they deserve to go (retire) when they want."

"I would like to see more younger players in the T20 format, because it gets the load off them (experienced players) playing 50-over (ODIs) and Test matches. After this (T20) World Cup I would like to see a lot of younger guys come into the team and make the T20 side for the next World Cup."

Dube is the future star

Yuvraj picked Chennai Super Kings left-hander Shivam Dube as one player that he wants to see in the squad, thanks to his explosive batting.

"I would like to see Shivam Dube in the squad," he said.

"He has been in and out of the (Indian) team, but this IPL he has been batting very well and he is someone who can be the game-changer."

"There are a lot of other guys who have been playing for a while now, but I would like to see Shivam Dube in the mix," he added.

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Published 26 April 2024, 12:23 IST

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