“It will be a huge gamble” – Gautam Gambhir opines on Suryakumar Yadav’s batting position in World Cup 2023
By SMCS - Sep 25, 2023 8:00 am
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Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that India needs to bat Suryakumar Yadav at No. 7 if they want him to be a part of their playing XI for the upcoming ODI World Cup. However, the batter has finally found his rhythm in the one-day format with a well-made 50 off 49 balls against Australia in the first ODI in Mohali on Friday, September 22 as well. He also smashed a quickfire 72 off 37 with 6 fours and 6 sixes in the second ODI as well. And, Gambhir feels Suryakumar’s best will come in a similar situation to that in T20 cricket, with around 15-20 overs left in the Indian innings as well.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

Speaking to Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir said: “If Suryakumar Yadav is in your first playing XI, then I would want him to bat at 6-7, but the big question will then be who will bat at No. 5. Then Jadeja can bat at No. 5, Hardik at 6 and Suryakumar as finisher where he can bat in the final 15-20 overs.”But it will be a huge gamble deciding whether you want Jadeja at No. 5 and Suryakumar, in the form that he is in ODI cricket, at No. 7. This would put a lot of responsibility on the top four.”

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However, Suryakumar Yadav is happy to score in ODIs after a long time. For someone who had cracked the T20 format, he stated that he kept wondering what was going wrong in one-day cricket as well. Speaking about the adjustments he had to make in Mohali, Suryakumar Yadav told the host broadcaster after the match:

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav played another flamboyant knock

“I was wondering what was happening. The color of the ball is the same. The teams are the same. The bowlers are the same. I think I was hurrying a bit. I thought, let’s take a little more time, calm myself, take it slowly, and try to bat deep.”