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‘Take a Little Bit More Time, Try and Bat a Little Deeper’: Suryakumar Reveals Captain’s Instructions During Mohali ODI

Suryakumar Yadav shared on what has been going wrong with him in the ODI format and how he has been working on his game for the 50 over format. (AP Image)

Suryakumar Yadav shared on what has been going wrong with him in the ODI format and how he has been working on his game for the 50 over format. (AP Image)

Suryakumar Yadav is arguably one of the most dynamic batters in the current generation but his ODI record does not speak well of him. He shares on what has been going wrong for the batter.

Many have questioned whether it was the right thing to back someone like Suryakumar Yadav. No doubt the batter is the best when it comes to the shortest format of the game. His record in the T20I format is phenomenal but for some reason, he has not been able to replicate the same form in the ODI format.

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Suryakumar Yadav is one of the few batters who is easily able to take advantage of all sides of the ground. His unique ability to angle to the right areas makes him a lethal batter to bowl against. His high strike rate in the 20-over format also makes him a match-winner all on his own and has been evident for the Indian team and the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Sky spoke to JioCinema on his approach going into the 50-over format. He said, “When I was sitting inside, I was actually visualising if we need about 125 runs, what will be my approach. I have practised what I did yesterday in the last five to six sessions. I wanted to see what I can do without playing a single sweep shot if I bat for about 40-50 balls and really got good confidence with the last game.”

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When asked about sticking to playing conventional shots, Surya responded by saying, “I have done that a lot in first-class cricket, whatever cricket I’ve played for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy I used to do that. I just recalled all of it and thought if I can do this again, then nothing like it.”

He was asked what had been going wrong for him. Sky who has been vocal about his lack of performances in the fifty-over format, responded, “I was thinking about what’s going wrong in this format, everything remains the same, white ball is the same, the colour of clothing is the same, I got a lot of learnings from my team management.”

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With regards to the advice given by the team management, Surya shared, “You just have to stretch your innings, take a little bit more time, try and bat a little more deep and see what happens.’ I was actually a little relieved, what I had been practising back in four to five sessions, I replicated the same thing in the game and it worked out really well. Hopefully, the plan remains the same.”

Clearly, the advice he has received is working as he managed to score a half-century in the first ODI against Australia and will look to continue the form with the World Cup around the corner.

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