- Dec 11, 2023
- May 1, 2023
The good performances of Suryakumar Yadav in the ODI series against Australia has sparked the middle order debate yet again. While Shreyas Iyer has fantastic numbers in ODIs as a batter, there is always a thought process regarding the explosive nature in which Suryakumar bats. It can be highly destructive when he looks on song. But not always.
In ODIs, Suryakumar Yadav is not highly reliable to bat in the middle order because of his consistency. As a finisher, he can do his job. But since the finishers are more or less the All-rounders in the team, the inclusion of Suryakumar becomes highly questionable.
But the management somehow does not want to leave someone like Yadav who can score brisk runs on his day, which sparks the debate of having him in the XI. Many feel that Suryakumar should play ahead of Iyer even in the middle order, as he is an X-factor in the team. Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has given his opinion on the same.
“Suryakumar hasn’t done anything big yet in ODI cricket. He only bats in those final 15-20 overs where he utilizes his T20 abilities which undoubtedly is important as well. But Hardik, Ishan and Rahul can all do that same job as well. So, Iyer is confirmed for No. 4. Suryakumar will have to wait and if he does get a chance at No. 4, he has to score a big hundred and show that he can also score a ton as well,” said Gavaskar. Meanwhile, Ashwin has replaced Axar in India’s WC squad.
“Axar Patel has failed to recover in time for the World Cup after sustaining a left quadriceps strain during India’s Asia Cup Super-Four encounter against Bangladesh. The spin-bowling all-rounder missed the final of the Asia Cup as a result. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been named his replacement, who was impressive on his return to ODI cricket in the recently concluded series against Australia where he picked up four wickets in two games,” the press release from international cricket board confirmed.