India head coach Ravi Shastri has a lot of empathy for in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who won't be touring Australia despite showing fantastic form playing for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL 2020 in UAE.
While many back his case with the evidence of his performances as a No.3 batsman for MI, India couldn't find a spot in the touring contingent for the right-hand batsman.
And Shastri explained it remains difficult to get someone like Suryakumar in because of the wealth of talent their top six already boast of, apart from the quality back-ups.
"That’s why we say to these youngsters – be patient. Like Suryakumar there are 3-4 other players on the fringe but when you have a team that is packed with talent and experience it becomes very difficult to get in,” Shastri told Times Now.
Suryakumar wouldn't argue if said this is the best he has ever batted in the IPL. Given the clarity on his role and assurity at the top of the order by MI, the 30-year-old has scored 374 runs at an average of 41.55 while maintaining a strike-rate of 153.27 in 13 innings.
"I remember a period in my career when 1-6 in the Indian batting line-up everyone was certain of their places and it was difficult for anyone to penetrate that middle-order and yet you had some people who were scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket and knocking at the door," added Shastri.
India play 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and four Test matches on their tour, starting November 27.