Suryakumar Yadav’s three straight golden ducks during India’s recent ODI series victory over Australia at home have sparked considerable debate regarding India’s potential batting lineup for the forthcoming 2023 World Cup.
Suryakumar Yadav’s three straight golden ducks during India’s recent ODI series victory over Australia at home have sparked considerable debate regarding India’s potential batting lineup for the forthcoming 2023 World Cup. Veterans and experts are worried as the No.4 debate has been reignited after the No.1 ranked T20I batter, who was selected to replace the injured Shreyas Iyer, failed to make his case for the World Cup squad. India’s national hero Yuvraj Singh has blasted Suryakumar’s three golden ducks in the midst of the discussion.
Despite his stellar performance in T20 cricket, Suryakumar was never India’s first-choice star. Since the previous World Cup, Iyer had established himself as India’s No. 4. He was unable to participate in the domestic ODI series due to an unfortunate back injury, which recurred during the Ahmedabad Test against Australia, giving Suryakumar the opportunity to stake out the position of first-choice player for the World Cup.
To his dismay, he suffered back-to-back golden ducks in the first two games due to two impossible deliveries from Mitchell Starc before getting a similar break against Ashton Agar in the third game.
Iyer’s injury was expected to keep him out for months, and possibly longer if he chose to have surgery, so Suryakumar had a big chance. Veteran cricketers, however, believe that the dismissals are to blame for the resurgence of the No. 4 argument.
Despite the rumors, Yuvraj believes the Indian ace will recover quickly and, if given the chance, will be a key player for India in the ODI World Cup.
Every sportsperson experiences ups and downs throughout their profession. Everybody has gone through it at some time. I think @surya_14kumar is an important performer for India and, if given the chance, will contribute significantly to the #WorldCup. Let’s support our athletes because our Surya will rise once more,” he wrote.
Along with Yuvraj, Suryakumar also has the support of his skipper, Rohit Sharma, who believes that any batter could have been dismissed in those situations.
In these three rounds, he only played three balls. I’m not sure how deeply to investigate it. He actually had three nice balls. He ought to have moved forward because the ball wasn’t that excellent today. He is the wisest. He is a master at spinning. Over the past few years, we have observed that. It’s unfortunate that he could only play three balls because that’s why we kept him back and gave him that opportunity to play during the final 15-20 overs. Anyone can experience that. However, the talent and potential always exist. After the third Australia match, he had stated, “He is just passing through that phase right now.