Mohammad Azharuddin, a former captain of India, has praised the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) choice to include middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan in the Test team for the prestigious Border-Gavaskar series against Australia. As a result of his outstanding performance for India in the limited-overs format, the new selection committee, headed by Chetan Sharma, called up wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan for his first Test appearance. Suryakumar, meanwhile, was included in the red-ball team.

An in-form hitter like Suryakumar, in Azhar’s opinion, can play in all three forms of the game. Azhar has the distinction of being the only captain to captain India in three consecutive ICC World Cups. The former Indian captain said that Suryakumar has shown his batting prowess at home as well. Despite having played in 17 ODIs and 45 T20 Internationals for India, star middle-order hitter Suryakumar has yet to feature in the Asian giants’ Test matches.

“It is wrong to leave a player on the bench when they are doing well. Suryakumar Yadav can participate in all three forms for the Indian squad. He performed well in his most recent Ranji game as well. Even though I haven’t watched much of Suryakumar’s batting, I can say that, like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, he is capable of playing in all three forms. India now has a batsman who can play in all forms, according to Azhar, who spoke to PTI.

Azhar nonetheless thinks that Suryakumar and Kishan will need to demonstrate their abilities if they are to earn spots in the Test squad. The former Indian captain said, “It is extremely tough to make a position in the squad, and both these individuals would have to show themselves if they find a place in the team. The Border-Gavasjar Trophy will include four Test matches between Australia and India. On February 9, the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur will host the first game of the series.