‘Suryakumar Yadav Does Not Know How To Make Runs In ODIs’, Sanjay Bangar Controversial Remark On Indian Middle-order Batter

Former Indian all-rounder and former batting coach, Sanjay Bangar has said that Suryakumar Yadav is facing challenges in determining his approach for his batting during overs 25 to 40 in ODI cricket. Bangar also emphasized that Yadav Suryakumar who is known to play fearless cricket in T20 must learn to adapt to the 50-over format.

Despite Suryakumar Yadav’s status as the top-ranked T20I batsman, he has struggled to perform as anticipated in the ODI format. He has a very poor track record in longer white-ball cricket formats, the team management and selectors have shown their confidence in him by selecting him as part of the 15-man squad for the ODI World Cup at home.

Suryakumar Yadav has played 26 matches in this 50-over format, accumulating a modest total of 511 runs. His average in ODIs stands at 24.33, which is less than impressive, and his highest individual score is only 64. These figures have prompted doubts about his suitability for a spot in the World Cup squad. Notably, former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has gone as far as to suggest that Yadav’s inclusion in the team may be more due to luck than merit.

“He has already said that Rahul Dravid is there, and he has spoken to him. The biggest factor is that boundaries don’t come that easily in the middle part of the innings. When three or four wickets go, then how do you find the boundaries is the big problem because the ball becomes old? In a T20 match, the ball remains solid for the entire innings. In ODIs, in the last five overs for each team, the ball becomes soft because of which you don’t get boundaries that easily,” Bangar told Star Sports.

He further added,”And the second thing is, every batsman needs to find that formula on how to score runs. And Suryakumar Yadav is a versatile player, he definitely targets boundaries and where to hit them. He has a very good idea of where to hit them, but if there is one thing he needs to do, it is to find out how to bat between the 25th and the 40th over. I don’t think he is clear in his head and heart about how to score runs in this period.”

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“He can play like he does in the T20 format, but if wickets fall, he needs to find out how to rotate strike between the 25th and the 40th over, and he needs to find his own method to score runs here which he is obviously thinking about.”

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