According to Mohammad Kaif, India’s Mr. 360 has to improve his game and Suryakumar Yadav would be unsatisfied with his ODI record thus far.
In the opening One-Day International between India and New Zealand on January 18 in Hyderabad, Suryakumar amassed 31 runs off of 26 deliveries. On the strength of Shubman Gill’s double century, the Men in Blue scored a massive total of 349/8, ultimately winning by 12 runs.
Suryakumar Yadav Has Work To Do In ODIs: Mohammad Kaif
Kaif predicted Suryakumar Yadav would be miffed with his failure to manage his T20I form into ODIs during an interview on Star Sports, saying:
“He is in extremely good form in T20s, but is yet to take off in ODIs. He has hit only two fifties and it has been 16-17 innings. So there is disappointment there. He himself knows that.”
The former Indian hitter emphasized that the two versions of the game played with a restricted number of innings demand slightly different abilities, explaining:
“He is a fantastic player and is in good form as well but he has to work. I have expectations from him but every format is different. Tests, ODIs and T20Is are all different. If someone says ODIs and T20Is are similar, it’s not the case. This is a very long game, you have time. Suryakumar Yadav has to work there.”
In 45 T20Is, Suryakumar has scored 1578 runs at an exceptional average of 46.41 and a brilliant strike rate of 180.34. On the other hand, he has totaled 419 runs at a meager average of 29.92 in 18 ODIs.
Bowlers Are Looking To Make Suryakumar Yadav Play Through Covers: Mohammad Kaif
Kaif commented on Suryakumar’s dismissal in the first ODI and said that the Mumbai hitter is vulnerable to balls that are thrown beyond the off-stump, stating:
“He has a weakness there, the line to which he got out. He gets stuck when the ball pitches slightly outside off-stump. His bat always comes at an angle. The ball didn’t have pace, if it had pace he might have played it through point or cover.”
As he won’t be given the ball in his key strengths, the cricketer-turned-commentator advised the Mumbai Indians (MI) player to improve on that front, saying:
“I feel he has to work when the ball is delivered close to the off-stump. He plays very well on the leg side but good bowlers will not bowl to him there. They are going to keep the ball outside the off-stump only. Even if they have to concede runs, they will do it through cover, which is his weakness.”
In his 31-run knock, Suryakumar looked at ease in the middle and hit four fours. He broke Gill’s 65-run fourth-wicket stand when he sliced a length ball from Daryl Mitchell directly to Mitchell Santner at the cover.