After top batsmen Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav were left out of the starting eleven for Tuesday’s One Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif questioned India’s strategy for the three-match series. The Indian thought tank decided against picking wicketkeeper-batter Kishan for the first ODI series against Sri Lanka despite his spectacular double-century in India’s last assignment.

Suryakumar, a middle-order batsman who recently guided India to a T20I series victory over Sri Lanka, was also left off the Indian playing XI for the first ODI in Guwahati against Dasun Shanaka’s team. Former Indian cricketer Kaif has offered his support to in-form batsmen Kishan and Suryakumar in light of India’s starting lineup for the series against Sri Lanka.

Kaif expressed his opinions on the microblogging website, criticizing captain Rohit and head coach Dravid for leaving Kishan and Suryakumar out of the starting lineup for the first ODI against Sri Lanka. “A little uneasy about the thought of witnessing an Indian squad today without Ishan Kishan, who scored two hundred in the most recent ODI, and Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 100 in the most recent T20. I hope they keep their drive. #INDvSL, “In his tweet, Kaif said.

In the series opener between India and Sri Lanka at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, the hosts managed to register a formidable total. India got off to a strong start in the 50-over match with half-centuries from captain Rohit (83) and the opener Shubman Gill (70), who set the stage for a huge total. the highest scorer for India In the high-scoring match, Rohit and company scored 373-7 in 50 overs, giving former Indian captain Kohli his 45th ODI century.

Kishan would have to wait for his opportunity in the ODI series against the former world champions, Indian captain Rohit earlier said. “Ishan and Gill both received several runs in the most recent contests. Nothing will be taken away from him by me (Ishan). He has been excellent for us and has a double hundred. And I am aware of what it takes to reach a double hundred, which is an amazing feat “On the eve of the first ODI, Rohit had said.