Australia legend Ricky Ponting has shown his support for out-of-form Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav and backed KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan as two wicket-keepers for India in the upcoming 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Ponting shared his thoughts on India’s much-vaunted batting line-up in the latest episode of ICC Review.
Despite Suryakumar Yadav’s recent poor form, Ponting urged India to persist with the Mumbai batter. “I feel they should stick with him because he’s the sort of player that can win you a World Cup. He might be a little bit inconsistent but he’s the sort of guy that in big moments can win you games”, Ponting said. He also suggested that the No. 5 spot would be ideal for Suryakumar.
Discussing India’s wicket-keeping options, Ponting backed both KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan to be part of the World Cup squad. He emphasized the importance of having a left-handed batter like Kishan in the middle order to counter left-arm off-spin and right-arm leg spin. “So I think they’ll go into that World Cup with the two keepers in their squad and they’ll make the decision on what they need as far as their batting is concerned”, the former Australia captain concluded.
India’s middle-order issues were exposed during their recent ODI series loss against Australia, and Ponting’s insights could help the team address these problems as they prepare for the 2023 World Cup.
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