Australia vs India: Ravi Shastri explains the reason behind snubbing Suryakumar Yadav

Australia vs India: Ravi Shastri explains the reason behind snubbing Suryakumar Yadav

Ravi Shastri has a piece of advice for the youngsters.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has explained the reason behind Suryakumar Yadav not getting a call-up from the national selectors for the upcoming tour of Australia. The BCCI recently announced the ODI, T20I and the Test squads for the challenging tour and the Mumbai batsman was one of the most notable omissions from the limited-overs teams.

Suryakumar was being widely tipped to earn his maiden India call-up for the tour after his consistent performances in domestic circuit and the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL from last three years. In 2018, the 30-year old scored 512 runs before scoring 424 runs in the 2019 season.

In the ongoing season, he has scored 374 runs so far and with Mumbai Indians to play at least three more games, he could very well cross the 500-run mark once again. But despite being so consistent, the right-handed batsman is still waiting for his first break in international cricket.

Ravi Shastri explains the reason behind ignoring Suryakumar Yadav

As the selectors and the Indian team management are facing heat for ignoring Suryakumar once again, Ravi Shastri recently broke his silence and explained the reason behind the batsman not getting a call-up. The former India all-rounder explained that the Indian team is currently packed with talent and there is no room for Suryakumar to make the cut.

“That’s why we say to these youngsters – be patient. Like Suryakumar there are 3-4 other players on the fringe but when you have a team that is packed with talent and experience it becomes very difficult to get in,” Ravi Shastri told Times Now.

“I remember period in my career when 1-6 in the Indian batting line-up everyone was certain of their places and it was difficult for anyone to penetrate that middle-order and yet you had some people who were scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket and knocking at the door,” he added.

Shastri concluded by delivering a message to the youngsters, urging them to patiently wait for their chance and then make the most of the opportunity when it comes their way. He also advised the youngsters not to be disappointed and stay positive.

“For all the youngsters I have one message – be patient and when you get your opportunity grab it with both hands. That’s the time you don’t mess up. Instead of being disappointed be positive in your mindset that when you get the opportunity make the most of it,” said Shastri.

“If you look at this team that’s going if any of the players in the batting line-up had been dropped you would be asking how are they dropped,” he explained.