Why Suryakumar Yadav opened for India wearing Arshdeep Singh’s shirt in 2nd T20I v West Indies

Suryakumar Yadav wore Arshdeep Singh’s shirt in 2nd T20I | Screenshot

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Suryakumar Yadav wore Arshdeep Singh’s jersey when he came out at bat in the second T20I.
  • The reason for such a decision was the delay in the arrival of the “crucial baggage” from the Indian team.
  • The start of the match had to be delayed by 3 hours.
While Indian cricket fans were still coming to terms with Suryakumar Yadav opening for the Men in Blue in the T20I series against West Indies, seeing him wear Arshdeep Singh’s shirt became another jaw-dropping event. As Surya was out batting with skipper Rohit Sharma, he was spotted wearing the No.2 shirt which belongs to pacer Arshdeep.

The incident quickly became a huge talking point on social media as fans began to wonder what the reason was behind such a move.

It should be understood that the start of Monday’s game had to be postponed by 3 hours due to the delay in the arrival of “crucial team baggage”. Such a logistical problem became the reason behind Suryakumar, and in fact, one or two other players wore Arshdeep’s shirt in the game.

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The game was originally rescheduled from an 8 p.m. IST start to 10 p.m. However, the delay in the arrival of baggage eventually saw the game start at 11 p.m. Therefore, it looks like Surykumar’s luggage didn’t arrive in time before the match started, leaving him no choice but to wear another player’s shirt.

Earlier in the ODI series, the versatile Deepak Hooda was also seen wearing the taped jersey of Prasidh Krishna.

As for the second ODI, Obed McCoy produced scintillating numbers of 6 for 17 in four overs to round up the tourists for just 138 runs. It wasn’t the smoothest chase for West Indies, but they still managed to see the target again in the final to tie the 5-game series 1-1.

For India, Hardik Pandya (31), Ravindra Jadeja (27) and Rishabh Pant (24) were the batting picks. For the West Indies, Brandon King was the leading hitter with 68 runs on 52 balls. Devon Thomas also contributed well with 31 of 19.

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