Legendary Sunil Gavaskar has not minced his words as he came down heavily on Suryakumar Yadav for his poor outing in the ongoing three-match ODI series against Australia.
The right-handed batsman, on Sunday (March 17), registered his second consecutive golden duck in the series. In both the ODIs, Mitchell Starc pinned him in front of the wicket. In the second ODI, the India batsman was beaten by an inswinger once again.
Suryakumar Yadav decided to play an on-drive to the delivery that swung in and was beaten on the inside edge. The latest failure has only extended his poor run in the 50-over format. The ongoing series was a huge opportunity for him to cement his place in the middle-order in absence of injured Shreyas Iyer.
However, Suryakumar Yadav has failed to grab the opportunity and time is now running out fast for him in ODIs. With the World Cup not very far away, he is unlikely to get a long rope.
Sunil Gavaskar criticises Suryakumar Yadav:
With Suryakumar Yadav failing in the ODIs once again on Sunday, Sunil Gavaskar did not shy away from ridiculing his technique with the bat. Speaking on Star Sports after India were all out for just 117 in the second ODI, Gavaskar pointed out that Suryakumar’s batting technique is not suited for ODIs.
The former India skipper stated that the technique displayed by the batsman was more suited for the T20s. Gavaskar stated that a similar ball could have been flicked for a six in the shortest format. Gavaskar also could not stop laughing as he advised Suryakumar to consult his batting coach.
“He is facing technical difficulties. Also his stance is an open one. It is good for T20 cricket because any delivery that is overpitched, he can flick it for a six. But here, when the ball is placed right near the foot, with this stance, the bat will definitely come across. It cannot come straight. Hence, if the ball turns inside, he will face difficulty. He needs to spend time with the batting coach on how to come out of this,” Gavaskar said.
Meanwhile, Australia thrashed India by 10 wickets in the second ODI to draw level in the series. Chasing the modest total, Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh came out all guns blazing. Marsh, who had scored a quickfire fifty in the first ODI, delivered once again, smashing 66 off just 36 balls with the help of 6 fours and as many sixes. Head, on the other hand, scored 51 off 30 balls as Australia chased down the total in just 11 overs.
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