A batsman may be assured of a lengthy run in the starting XI by striking a double hundred in an ODI and scoring regularly in white-ball cricket. However, times have evolved. Every position on the squad is very competitive because of the intense battle for the ODI World Cup, which is just eight months away. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav “understand” that, according to India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour, who spoke out over their ODI omission from the three-game series against Sri Lanka at home. This is despite the hosts holding an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.

Ishan, who was given a rare chance since skipper Rohit Sharma was left out due to injury, achieved a record double tonne against Bangladesh in only his last game. Suryakumar, on the other hand, is the top-ranked hitter in the world in T20 Internationals and has been consistent in the white-ball format. He struck a century in the T20Is against Sri Lanka in 2023, carrying on his incredible form from the previous year. But Shubman Gill and KL Rahul were chosen above the two in the playing XI for the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Fans and seasoned cricket players were incensed by the decision, but Rathour broke his silence to the media before the last ODI in Kerala, stating that they “need to wait for their moment” since “others are playing fine as well.”

“The others are performing well, so they are not being forced to sit out. As athletes, they are aware of this and know they must wait for their chance. To achieve this, they practice diligently, and when that chance comes, they seize it with both hands and maintain their positions “said Rathour.

Ishan can also be used in the middle order, Rathour was further questioned about this “He has been chosen as the opener at the present, but as a batting team, we are adaptable, so we could have to test someone like Ishan in the middle order. But right now, he’s being considered as an opener.”

When the discussion turned to Surya, the batting coach said, “He has great potential, he has been in great form, it is great to have him in the reserve, and hopefully, when the time comes, he will take that opportunity and do well for the team. It is wonderful to have a guy with such versatility on the club.”