Friday, July 12, 2024

“One More Chance”: Suryakumar Yadav Fired Stern Warning By Ex-India Star

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The former Indian cricketer is of the opinion that Suryakumar Yadav will face significant competition to retain his spot.

Suryakumar Yadav once again displayed promise but couldn’t capitalize on his start as India suffered defeat at the hands of West Indies in the second ODI in Barbados. Following his 19-run performance in the first match, the dynamic batsman managed 24 runs from 25 deliveries before succumbing to Gudakesh Motie once more. With KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer on the path to recovery ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023, Suryakumar faces a challenging road, and former India opener Wasim Jaffer believes that the third ODI may be his final opportunity to make a strong case for himself.

“He’ll likely receive one more opportunity, in the third ODI. Beyond that, it may become challenging for him to secure a spot, especially with KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer returning. Suryakumar’s batting style often involves taking high-risk shots and targeting boundaries, which can lead to his dismissal. He’ll need to adapt, particularly in this format,” remarked Jaffer in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.

The batting audition for India’s World Cup hopefuls didn’t go according to plan on a lively pitch, resulting in West Indies leveling the three-match ODI series with a convincing six-wicket victory. This triumph was largely propelled by outstanding bowling performances from Romario Shepherd and Gudakesh Motie.

India’s decision to rest captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli backfired as none of the middle-order batsmen could contend with the pace, bounce, and turn. Consequently, India was dismissed for a modest 181 in 40.5 overs in the rain-affected second ODI.

In response, West Indies weathered a spirited spell from Shardul Thakur (3/42 in 8 overs) before skipper Shai Hope (63 not out, 80 balls) and young Keacy Carty (48 not out, 65 balls) forged an unbroken 91-run partnership for the fifth wicket. This partnership secured victory for West Indies in 36.4 overs, putting an end to a streak of nine successive bilateral defeats since December 2019.

However, it was India’s ineffective batting performance that proved to be their downfall, losing five wickets for just 23 runs in a span of 7.2 overs following a promising opening stand of 90 between Ishan Kishan (55 off 55 balls) and Shubman Gill (34 off 49 balls). West Indies skipper Shai Hope’s decision to bowl first ultimately paid off.

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