The Mumbai Indians (MI) batsman’s non-inclusion, despite being seventh in the IPL run-getters’ list with 480 runs at a strike-rate of 145 plus, has become a major talking point.
“I see no reason why, looking at the (Indian) squad, he can’t be a part of it,” Lara said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Lara said he is impressed not just by the runs but also the manner in which Yadav has scored them.
“Yeah, definitely. He is a class player. I don’t just look at players that score runs, I look at their technique, capabilities under pressure, positions that they are batting and for me, Suryakumar Yadav has done such a wonderful job for Mumbai.”
The only explanation that has come for the 30-year-old’s exclusion is the lack of space in the line-up. Lara said he fits the bill for the No. 3 slot.
“He comes to bat on the back of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, and every time they (MI) are under pressure, he comes in at No. 3,” Lara said.
“Just remember, other than the openers, the No. 3 batsman in any cricket team is normally your best player, your most reliable player and for me, he (Surya) has been that for Mumbai Indians,” he stated.