Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the most consistent batsmen in T20I cricket in recent years, but he has struggled to replicate that form in ODIs. With the ICC World Cup just around the corner, Surya has a chance to cement his place in the Indian team, but he will need to start scoring runs in the 50-over format.
In the first ODI against West Indies, Surya was promoted up the order as India needed just 115 runs to win. However, he was dismissed for 13 off 15 balls, playing the sweep shot too many times. Former India opener Aakash Chopra was baffled by Surya’s dismissal, saying that he “took it upon his ego” to play the sweep shot.
“Then came Suryakumar Yadav – that’s another question. This was an opportunity for him. I had kept Suryakumar Yadav in my World Cup team but for that, he will have to score runs,” Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“He was batting decently, but the way he got out – he first hit a sweep which went for a four, another sweep and got beaten, another sweep and a leg-before appeal, and then another sweep and got out leg-before. These were four consecutive balls and not four separate events,” stated Aakash Chopra further.
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha agreed with Chopra, saying that Surya “got carried away” by his success in T20 cricket. Ojha said that Surya needs to be more selective with his shots in ODIs, and that he should not try to play the sweep shot every ball.
“Surya has a few more ODIs to score runs before the World Cup, but he will need to start performing soon if he wants to make the squad. He is a talented batsman, but he needs to adapt his game to the 50-over format if he wants to be successful at the highest level,” said Pragyan Ojha.
Surya has a few more ODIs to score runs before the World Cup, but he will need to start performing soon if he wants to make the squad. He is a talented batsman, but he needs to adapt his game to the 50-over format if he wants to be successful at the highest level.