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Three reasons why Suryakumar Yadav shouldn’t play ODIs for India ever again

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand
November 21 2023
Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav scored just 106 runs in 7 matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Indian middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav had a forgettable outing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, and he couldn’t replicate his T20I form in the ODIs. Despite getting a long run in ODIs, Suryakumar could only manage to score at an average of just above 25. Even after playing 37 ODI games, Surya is yet to prove himself as a potential next big thing in ODI cricket, like he did in the shortest format of the game and became the number one batter in the world.

Suryakumar Yadav played seven World Cup games for India and managed to score only 106 runs. He looked struggling in most of the games he played. Now, Surya is given responsibility as T20I captain for the upcoming five-match series against India. Let’s have a look at the three reasons why he should restrict himself to the 20-over format only and stay away from the ODI format.

1. Couldn’t prove his worth in 37 ODIs :

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. (Image Source: AFP)

Suryakumar Yadav was handed his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2021 when a second-string squad went to play a three-match ODI and T20I series against the Southern neighbors. Suryakumar Yadav has played 37 ODI games so far, and he is yet to play a knock that might define his career in ODIs. Despite giving consistent opportunities, SKY has been a big failure in ODIs. He has scored only 773 runs at a poor average of just 25.76, with only four fifty-plus scores.

2. SKY’s game is not suited for the format :

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. (Image Source: PTI)

With poor numbers in the ODI format, Surya may not feature for India again in ODIs. Surya’s game doesn’t give him the confidence of a good ODI player, and he looked uncomfortable if he couldn’t unleash himself in the first 10 balls. Opponents have used this tactic well enough against Suryakumar Yadav in this format. Suryakumar Yadav is not able to shift himself according to the game-plan in this format, causing a big roadblock for him as an ODI player.

3. Should only stick to T20I format :

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. (Image Source: ICC)

Suryakumar Yadav has been a sensation for India in the shorter format of the game. He has earned a reputation for himself in T20Is and should restrict himself to only the T20 format at the international level. He has played 53 T20I games for India and has scored 1841 runs at an average of 46.02 and a strike rate of 172.70 with three centuries and 15 fifties. Surya’s aggressive approach allows him to score freely, making him the most dangerous player in the format.

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