Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer said that Suryakumar Yadav might find himself out of favour in ODIs if he fails to perform in the third match against West Indies. Jaffer, however, added that Yadav needs to change his high-risk batting approach to do well in the 50-over format.
While talking about Suryakumar’s ODI struggles, Jaffer said to ESPNcricinfo: “I think he’ll get one more opportunity in the third ODI, and that’s probably it. Then KL (Rahul) and Shreyas Iyer might come in, and he’ll find it difficult to get into the side. The way he bats, he takes very high-risk options. He looks to hit boundaries; sometimes that’s what makes his lose his wicket.”
Wasim Jaffer also added that when Suryakumar Yadav’s outrageous shots come off, they look good but also said that one needs to develop patience while batting in the one-day format as well.
He added: “In the 50-over format, you need to take the game deep. That’s what Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and even Shikhar Dhawan did. It’s his nature to take risky options. He needs to change that in this format. He can’t keep looking to hit boundaries every second-third ball. We see him do that time and again – getting a start and throwing his wicket away.”
Suryakumar Yadav has featured in 25 ODIs, scoring 476 runs at a rather disappointing average of 23.80 as well. With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma being rested for the second ODI, Sanju Samson came into the playing XI. He was sent into bat at No. 3 but got dismissed for 9. And, the veteran believes his struggles against leg-spinners is a cause for concern as well.
“It was a very good opportunity, and you got the start. He came in at 90/1 and played himself in. It was a very soft dismissal. It looked like he didn’t pick the leg-spin. He was shaping up to play the googly. We keep talking that in the IPL: he struggles against leg-spin and googly bowlers. Looks like it continues to be so,” he said.“When you are batting at the top of the order, you can’t be showing this kind of vulnerability against spin bowling. That question remains, and, obviously, he lost a very good opportunity,” Wasim Jaffer concluded.