Suryakumar Yadav. PC- ICC
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- ICC

Last Update on: January 27th, 2023 at 12:05 pm

Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav had a fantastic run in T20Is over the last year and became one of the most important players in the team. He has established himself in the shorter format, but could not replicate his success in one-day internationals (ODI). Former selector Saba Karim believes that Suryakumar needed some time to adjust to the 50-over format.

The 32-year-old was not a regular member of India’s ODI batting line-up and got the chance to play in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand in the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out due to a back injury. The right-handed batsman failed to grab the opportunity and scored 45 runs. Surya managed to score 14, 31, and 4 runs in his last three ODI innings.

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Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Pic Credits: Twitter.

He Is An Invaluable Player – Saba Karim

Speaking on India News, Saba Karim advised Suryakumar Yadav to discuss with captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid to gain more clarity about his batting in the ODI format.

Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

“This is not the first time. Previously, when he got the opportunity to play in ODIs, he didn’t score as per expectations. I still think he is an invaluable player. Some players need some time to adjust. He should discuss this with Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid to gain more clarity,” Saba Karim said to India News.

The Mumbai batsman represented India in 20 matches in the 50-over format, scoring just 433 runs at a dismal average of 28.87, including two half-centuries with a best score of 64.

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Suryakumar Yadav Named Men’s T20I Cricketer Of The Year 2022

SKY has been named the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year for 2022, becoming the first Indian cricketer to do so. He had an excellent year in the shorter format and scored an impressive 1164 runs in 31 T20Is at a best average of 46.56 with an outstanding strike rate of 187.43.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

Suryakumar Yadav will next be seen in action in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, with the first T20I scheduled to be played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, on Friday, January 27. With Hardik Pandya leading the team in a shorter format, he will serve as his deputy.

Also read: IND vs NZ: “The Temperament Is Good; He Can Carry Forward The Legacy Set By Virat Kohli And Sachin Tendulkar” – Saba Karim On Shubman Gill

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