“Players Like Him Should Get In The Team”, Kaif Praises Abhimanyu Easwaran

Abhimanyu Easwaran
Abhimanyu Easwaran

Former India batter Mohammed Kaif praises Abhimanyu Easwaran who was called up as the Indian captain Rohit Sharma‘s replacement in the 1st Test against Bangladesh.

Mohammed Kaif Praises Abhimanyu Easwaran

Rohit Sharma suffers a blow in his hand while fielding in the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh which India lost by 5 runs. Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the series after failing to recover from the injury.

Abhimanyu Easwaran who has been a run machine in the first-class games finally got a chance in the Indian cricket team. Post his selection, Mohammed Kaif praises Abhimanyu Easwaran and said players should not be selected based on their IPL performance.

Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif

“Abhimanyu Easwaran scored back-to-back centuries for India ‘A’ recently. He captains Bengal in the domestic circuit and has been performing there as well. Players like him, who are continuously scoring runs, should get in the team.

IPL heroes and two-game wonders shouldn’t be selected for the Indian team on the basis of IPL performances. Players from domestic cricket, who are scoring hundreds for the last four-five years, will get selected for sure,” Kaif told the media during an interaction organised by the Sony Sports Network.

Abhimanyu Easwaran has so far played 70 first-class games and scored 4841 runs which include 15 centuries and 20 fifties. The right-handed opening batter Abhimanyu Easwaran made his First-Class debut for Bengal way back in 2013.

He has played 62 First Class matches and scored 2875 runs which include 6 centuries and 18 half-centuries. Though he has wonderful stats in domestic cricket he is yet to make his international debut as he was not included in India playing 11 for the 1st Test against Bangladesh.

Abhimanyu Easwaran with Indian skipper Virat Kohli
Abhimanyu Easwaran with Indian skipper Virat Kohli

As far as the match is concerned, winning the toss India elected to bat first and scored 404 runs for 10 wickets loss at the end of the inning. The openers KL Rahul and Shubman Gill failed to make their best and returns to the pavilion soon. Following them, the much-expected Virat Kohli too dismissed for just 1 run.

Vice-captain Pujara scored the team’s highest by scoring 90 runs while Shreyas Iyer scored the second-best – 86 runs.

An unimaginable incident saved Shreyas Iyer from walking off the crease during the first inning but during the 1st session of Day 2, Iyer was dismissed for 86 runs. With Ashwin’s contribution, India scored 404 runs.

India strikes earlier during their bowling by dismissing Najmul Hossain Shanto and Yasir Ali at the initial stage of the match. During the Day 2 Tea break, Bangladesh scored 37 runs for 2 wickets loss.