Suryakumar Yadav Acknowledges Struggles in ODIs, Shines in T20Is for Team India

Aug 09, 2023

Suryakumar Yadav Acknowledges Struggles in ODIs, Shines in T20Is for Team India Image

Explosive Batter Reflects on Format Differences and Challenges

Suryakumar Yadav's journey through different formats of cricket has been marked by contrasts, particularly when comparing his performances in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Following his impactful performance in the third T20I against the West Indies, Yadav candidly admitted his struggles in ODIs during a post-match press conference.

Yadav emerged as the hero in India's victory against the West Indies in the third T20I, contributing a remarkable 44-ball 83 to help his team bounce back after two initial losses. Speaking to the media, Yadav addressed questions about his ODI form, acknowledging that his numbers in the 50-over format have fallen short of expectations.

The explosive batter, popularly known as 'SKY,' emphasized the importance of honesty and self-awareness in acknowledging areas for improvement. He quoted his team's leadership, including Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, who advised him to enhance his performance in the ODI format through dedicated practice and strategic adaptation.

Yadav's aggressive and innovative batting style has garnered widespread acclaim and success in T20Is. His contributions to India's T20I performances include accumulating 1,780 runs in 51 matches with an impressive average of 45.64 and a staggering strike rate of 174.33. Notably, he secured three centuries and 14 fifties, earning him the prestigious 'ICC T20I Player of the Year' award in 2022 and the top spot among batters worldwide in this format.

However, Yadav's ODIs have been a contrasting tale. In 26 ODIs and 24 innings, he has amassed only 511 runs at an average of 24.33, with two half-centuries to his name.

Yadav's early ODI performances showed promise, with 261 runs scored in his initial six innings at an impressive average of 65.25, including two half-centuries. Yet, a downward trend followed, with just 250 runs in 18 innings since his last half-century in February 2022, at an average of 14.70. This period also saw Yadav facing three consecutive golden ducks against Australia.

Reflecting on his preference for T20I batting, Yadav acknowledged that his familiarity with the T20 format stems from India's focus on it, leading to a certain level of comfort. He highlighted the challenges posed by the 50-over format, which demands a combination of strategies throughout the innings.

Yadav also lauded his teammate Tilak Varma's mature batting in the series, noting their successful partnership during their time with Mumbai Indians. He praised Varma's mental strength, a crucial attribute for the Indian team.