Suryakumar Yadav
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Last Update on: September 16th, 2023 at 12:50 pm

Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla believes that middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav’s favorite sweep shot can be a double-edged sword. Chawla suggested that Suryakumar Yadav should play straight down the ground instead of attempting sweep shots.

Suryakumar Yadav got a chance in the playing XI as the team management decided to test the bench strength in a dead rubber match. The right-handed batter scored 26 runs off 34 deliveries but was dismissed while attempting a sweep shot off Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling.

Suryakumar Yadav Took Such A Big Risk – Piyush Chawla

Speaking on Star Sports, Piyush Chawla opened up about Suryakumar Yadav‘s dismissal, saying that it was a risky shot for just one run, considering the pitch had spin and bounce.

“This pitch was slightly different because there was some spin and bounce, and the pace at which they were bowling, even when he was playing the sweep, he was getting just one run. So I feel Surya took such a big risk for just one run,” Chawla said.

“Although it is his favorite shot, it becomes a double-edged sword at times that you get out to the shot you score a lot of runs with. The situation was slightly different today, he plays well straight down the ground, so he could have done that, but he has a lot of confidence in the sweep.”

The Rohit Sharma-led team suffered a six-run loss at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday, September 15. The Men in Blue were bowled out for 259 runs while chasing a target of 266 runs in their last Super Four stage game.

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Suryakumar Yadav Attempted A Lot Of Sweeps – Sanjay Bangar

Former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar acknowledged the clever bowling by Bangladesh spinners, highlighting how Shakib Al Hasan outsmarted Suryakumar with a well-executed fuller delivery.

“He spent a lot of time on the wicket. He attempted a lot of sweeps for sure but the Bangladesh spinners are extremely clever bowlers, whether it is Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan or Mehidy Hasan Miraz. They keep their eyes on the batter’s feet till the last moment,” Bangar said.

“The way he got out, it was clever bowling because he (Shakib) bowled an absolutely fuller length delivery and defeated Surya’s plans to play that shot. He plays this shot quite often and whoever comes at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 in ODI cricket will have to play these shots. So he tried a lot but it was probably Shakib’s day today.”

Suryakumar will not be included in the playing XI for the Asia Cup 2023 final match against the Sri Lankan team, led by Dasun Shanaka. The final will be played at the same venue on Sunday, September 17.

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