Selector’s FB comment goes viral as Yadav gets call-up

After batsman Suryakumar Yadav was included in the 19-member India squad that will face England in a five-match T20I series starting on March 12 in Ahmedabad, an old social media post by a member of the team’s current selection panel has gained attention.

“Sky ka time ayega (Sky’s time will come),” Abey Kuruvilla had said in a comment on Facebook in November 2019 to a post that listed Yadav’s stats. ‘Sky’ is an often-used abbreviation of Yadav’s name. Kuruvilla, along with fellow former fast bowlers Chetan Sharma and Debashish Mohanty constitute the current Indian selection panel with Sharma being the chairman.

The selectors were criticised for ignoring Yadav for India’s T20I series in Australia despite his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and impressive numbers in domestic cricket.

Yadav’s Mumbai Indians teammate, Ishan Kishan, who hammered a record-setting 94-ball 173 (19x6s, 11x4s) in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh in Indore on Saturday, also got a call up for the England series, along with Rajasthan Royals spin-bowling all-rounder Rahul Tewatia.