MUMBAI: Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday slammed the national selectors’ decision to ignore the in-form Suryakumar Yadav for the Australia tour. Yadav has been in fine form for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. He has played all 11 matches for MI this season, scoring 283 runs at an average of 31.44 and a strike-rate of 148.94. He has hit two half-centuries and has a highest score of 79 not out.
Headed by former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi, the national selection committee on Monday picked the Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads for the tour of Australia. Harbhajan took to Twitter express his displeasure over Yadav’s exlusion from the squads, and asked the selectors to look at his records. “Don’t know what else @surya_14kumar needs to do get picked in the team india.. he has been performing every ipl and Ranji season..different people different rules I guess @BCCI I request all the selectors to see his records,” tweeted Harbhajan on Tuesday morning.

Rahul ‘lucky’ to be picked for Australia Tests: Manjrekar
Meanwhile, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said on Tuesday that KL Rahul was ‘very lucky’ to make a comeback into the Test side based on his fine form in the IPL.
Rahul is currently the Orange Cap-holder as he is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Manjrekar is of the opinion that recalling a player to the Test squad based on his performance in the IPL sets a ‘bad precedent’.
“You set a bad precedent when you recall a player for Tests on IPL performance. Especially if the player has been an abject failure in his last few Tests. Whether that player succeeds or fails is irrelevant, such selections massively demotivate Ranji players. #INDvsAUS,” Manjrekar tweeted.

In another tweet, Manjrekar said: “KL Rahul in his last 5 Test series – v SA – Avg 7.1, – v Eng – Avg 29, – v WI at home – Avg 18, – v Aus – Avg 10.7, – v WI – Avg 25.4, I say very lucky to get a recall based on IPL & white ball performance. But now let’s just hope he makes the most of this chance. Good luck to him!”

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