ANI Photo | The way he batted, my number 4 is in trouble: Suryakumar Yadav on Dinesh Karthik

Indore (Madhya Pradesh)[India], October 5 (ANI): After clinching the three-match T20I series against South Africa, India batter Suryakumar Yadav was in a funny mood and said that Dinesh Karthik’s quickfire 46-run knock put his number 4 spot in jeopardy.
Rilee Rossouw’s unbeaten ton and Dwaine Pretorius’ three-wicket haul helped South Africa register a 49-run win over India here at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
India took the series 2-1 – their first T20I series win over South Africa at home – but have a little pondering to do ahead of the T20 World Cup, especially with their star pacer being ruled out of the prestigious tournament.

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In the third and final T20I against South Africa, India lost two wickets early, and Dinesh Karthik was promoted up the order to bat at No. 4 – which is Suryakumar’s preferred spot. The wicketkeeper batter did a fabulous job as he played a breezy knock of 46 off 21 balls. Suryakumar is currently the highest-ranked Indian batter in the ICC T20 Rankings – 2.
“I had to take a step back and build a partnership with him. Didn’t work today. DK needed some game time, and I think the way he batted, my number 4 is in trouble. I haven’t thought much about it, but I am looking forward to it,” Suryakumar Yadav said in a post-match presentation on Tuesday.
Suryakumar has been in sublime mode over the past month and is India’s most aggressive player heading into the T20 World Cup. The 32-year-old batter was adjudged as Player of the Series against South Africa for scoring a couple of quickfire half-centuries. Suryakumar also revealed that he is not a stats person who gets obsessed with scores.
“Not really, I didn’t check the stats. But I think that was the demand of the game. My friends send these things (stats and numbers) on WhatsApp, but I don’t follow it. The thought process was the same, I just wanted to enjoy,” he added. (ANI)

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