While most expected Rishabh Pant to do the same since the left-hander had opened twice in India’s most recent T20I series against England, a few eyebrows were raised when Suryakumar Yadav walked out to open the batting for India with captain Rohit Shama in the first T20I against West Indies at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad. When asked why India chose to begin with Suryakumar in the series opener, veteran India bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered an astounding response, perhaps joining the group of those who were astonished. Bhuvneshwar, who has joined the team after sitting out the ODI portion of the trip, said he has little awareness of the decision-making process but is certain that captain Rohit and coach Rahul Dravid must have given it some serious consideration. (Live T20 Score: India vs. West Indies)

Bhuvneshwar was questioned by a reporter before the second T20I, “What was the thinking process behind sending Suryakumar Yadav to start particularly since the squad had opened with Pant and Hooda previously?”

” I have no idea. Your cognitive process is indeed running well, Zaroor (All I know is that there must have been some thought process behind it). Not at random. Whatever the coach and captain want to get out of this, I’m confident they will. Sincerity be damned, I have no idea what the actual reasoning was, but there had to have been some serious consideration “said Bhuvneshwar.

Unfortunately, although having a good beginning, Suryakumar was unable to seize the chance. After 16 balls and a score of 24, he was out.

In their most recent T20I series, India has been tinkering with its batting lineup, particularly the top order. The five-match T20I home series against South Africa had started with Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad. In the next two Ireland T20Is, Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson served as Kishan’s partners. Pant moved up the order to begin alongside Rohit against England when Rohit returned to captain the team.