When assessing Suryakumar Yadav’s batting performance in One Day Internationals (ODIs), Rahul Dravid made a reference to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
During a press conference after the second ODI, Rahul Dravid, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, assessed the ODI batting performance of Suryakumar Yadav. The renowned T20I batter, who currently holds the top ranking in the world, has faced challenges in showcasing his batting prowess in the ODI format. In 25 ODIs, Suryakumar has accumulated 476 runs at an average of 23.80. He has managed only two half-centuries, with his highest score being 64. Notably, the manner in which he has been dismissed in these games has also been less than ideal.
While discussing Suryakumar’s performance in ODIs, Dravid came to the player’s defense and drew a reference from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Surya is undeniably a talented player; there’s no questioning that. He has demonstrated it consistently, particularly in T20 cricket, domestic cricket, and white-ball formats. He has a track record of some impressive performances. However, it’s worth noting that his ODI numbers have yet to match the high standards he has set in T20 cricket. He’s still adapting to the ODI format. Before making his debut for India, he had the opportunity to play a lot of competitive T20 cricket in the IPL. In contrast, there is no IPL equivalent for ODIs,” stated Dravid during the press conference after the second ODI.
In the ongoing three-match ODI series against West Indies, Suryakumar has scored 19 and 24 runs in the first two matches.
“He’s also in the process of understanding his game and learning to bat during the middle overs. He’s undoubtedly a talented individual, and our objective is to provide him with as many opportunities as possible. It’s now up to him to seize those opportunities and make the most of them. In our setup, we strive to give individuals ample chances,” Dravid further added.