Despite shining in the T20 format, Suryakumar Yadav’s ODI performance has left room for improvement. With only 511 runs in 26 ODI matches, the 32-year-old cricketer aims to make his mark in the 50-over format and has set his sights on the upcoming Asia Cup to turn the tables.
Suryakumar’s selection for the Asia Cup squad demonstrates the selectors’ belief in his potential to excel in ODI cricket. Acknowledging his previous struggles, he is determined to capitalize on this opportunity and showcase his skills.
In his pursuit to enhance his ODI game, Suryakumar is closely working with notable figures like head coach Rahul Dravid, skipper Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli. He’s focused on adapting his T20 prowess to the demands of the longer format, which requires a mix of strike rotation and calculated big shots.
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“This is a format I am looking forward to doing well in. I am doing great in T20Is. But these both are white-ball formats. Why I cannot crack the code here, people are wondering,” Suryakumar stated, emphasizing the challenge he faces.
By analyzing the situation and practicing accordingly, Suryakumar aims to embrace the demands of ODI cricket and adapt his playing style. His excitement and enthusiasm for batting are unwavering, regardless of the outcome, as he believes maintaining this mindset is crucial.
“I am practicing. For me, this format is the most challenging one..you have to play a mix of all formats in this one. First, you take your time, then you do some strike rotation then go for some big shots like in T20Is. I have been talking to head coach Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,” he added.
“But I am now trying to play as per the situation and practicing accordingly. Hopefully, this is the tournament where I crack the code. I am always excited to bat. It does not matter if I am out on the first ball. People ask me why I sprint to the crease when my chance to bat comes, but I feel that maintaining this excitement is important,” Suryakumar mentioned.
Suryakumar’s journey in the Asia Cup could be a turning point in his ODI career. He acknowledges the significance of this platform and aims to translate his success in T20Is into the 50-over format.
As India prepares for the Asia Cup, all eyes will be on Suryakumar Yadav as he strives to overcome his ODI struggles and emerge as a formidable force in this format. His determination, coupled with the support of his mentors, could pave the way for a promising chapter in his cricketing journey.