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Gautam Gambhir, a former cricketer for India, criticised Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant for their careless performances during India’s recent loss to Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4s match on September 4 in Dubai.
Since making his limited-overs cricket debut for India, Suryakumar Yadav has demonstrated his batting prowess to the entire world. However, he is yet to create that type of impression with the bat when it comes to shining on the big stage.
The right-hander grabbed attention with his outstanding hitting against Hong Kong, but he struggled against Pakistan in high-pressure conditions, falling for 18 and 13 respectively in his two matches during the current Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai.
In contrast, Rishabh Pant underperformed on the biggest platform, and Team India perhaps went a few runs short, leading to a painful 5-wicket loss in a Super Four game on Sunday.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who is a member of the Star Sports broadcasting crew for the Asia Cup 2022, voiced his concern about Pant and Suryakumar’s inability to score against Pakistan after India’s defeat.
He advised them to take a lesson from Kohli, who hit 60 runs off 44 balls against Pakistan on Sunday, on how to score runs under duress.
Gautam Gambhir on Star Sports broadcast said, “See, I like a flexible batting lineup. You can have your set openers, but you need to have flexible No.3 or 4. Yes, Virat has got runs today, the kind of form Suryakumar Yadav is in, once you kind of get that start, get that tempo, you can probably promote Suryakumar Yadav at No.3, and then probably keep going.
Virat batted brilliantly today, he is going to get better from here on. One thing is these guys like Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant need to learn from Virat Kohli is the way he runs between the wickets.”
He added, “Not every time, you will be able to hit those big shots but the difference between Virat Kohli and the rest of the guys, Surya might have more shots than Virat Kohli, but Virat is never under pressure because of the way he runs, the way he converts ones into twos.
Suryakumar, Deepak Hooda, and Rishabh Pant might not be able to do it, but they need to learn from Virat Kohli, how important it is under pressure in big games, where you are put in pressure and whether you are able to play that risk-free cricket and still get those 10-11 runs per ove