Piyush Chawla criticizes Suryakumar Yadav’s shot selection vs Bangladesh
By SMCS - Sep 16, 2023 12:14 pm
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Former India player Piyush Chawla has said that Suryakumar Yadav concentrating on primarily playing his favourite sweep shot which can prove dangerous at times. However, Bangladesh set a 266-run target in their Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash in Colombo on Friday, September 15. Suryakumar scored a 34-ball 26 as India were bowled out for 259 to lose the game by six runs.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav played another flamboyant knock

While reviewing the match on Star Sports, Chawla said: “This pitch was slightly different because there was some spin and bounce, and the pace at which they were bowling, even when he was playing the sweep, he was getting just one run. So I feel Surya took such a big risk for just one run. Although it is his favorite shot, it becomes a double-edged sword at times that you get out to the shot you score a lot of runs with. The situation was slightly different today, he plays well straight down the ground, so he could have done that, but he has a lot of confidence in the sweep.”

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However, Suryakumar Yadav joined Shubman Gill in the middle when India were struggling at 94/4. They added 45 runs for the fifth wicket before the former’s overreliance on the sweep shot cost him his wicket as well. Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar also opined on Suryakumar Yadav’s performance.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

“He spent a lot of time on the wicket. He attempted a lot of sweeps for sure but the Bangladesh spinners are extremely clever bowlers, whether it is Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan or Mehidy Hasan Miraz. They keep their eyes on the batter’s feet till the last moment. The way he got out, it was clever bowling because he (Shakib) bowled an absolutely fuller length delivery and defeated Surya’s plans to play that shot. He plays this shot quite often and whoever comes at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 in ODI cricket will have to play these shots. So he tried a lot but it was probably Shakib’s day today,” he concluded.