Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav, struggling to find his form in the T20 World Cup, acknowledged his slow start but emphasized that as the number one batter for two years, he should adapt to different conditions.

Suryakumar Yadav has had a slow start in the T20 World Cup, struggling to deliver his usual high-scoring innings. His unbeaten 50 runs off 49 balls against the USA stands as his only significant performance to date.

Despite the difficulties, Yadav took responsibility for his performance, acknowledging the need to adapt to different conditions. He emphasized the importance of smart batting, adjusting to the game’s demands, and collaborating with teammates to steady nerves and build innings effectively.

“If have you been number one for two years, you should be able to bat in different conditions and change the game as per the needs of the team. That displays good batsmanship and that is what I try,” said Suryakumar during a media interaction.

“It’s difficult to generate that force when there’s no pace on the wicket and when someone has read your game nicely. So, at that time, you have to be very smart how you want to extend your innings. You have to change according to the situation, what team demands at that moment and talk to your partner who is inside, calm your nerves down and then take the innings ahead,” he added.

SKY looks forward to batting on the more comfortable and consistent pitches of the Caribbean, expecting to return to his best form. He also acknowledged the challenges faced in New York, where the practice pitches were fresh and challenging due to the World Cup being hosted there for the first time. In contrast, he noted that the pitches in the West Indies have been regularly maintained and are in better condition compared to those in the USA.

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“I was happy playing there as well (laughs). It’s not that we weren’t happy playing there, but we were playing for the first time, so yes, the conditions were different and little challenging as well. But we have played here (in West Indies), we know the conditions. The practice pitches, yeah, they were a little spicy in New York. It was fresh. They made the conditions after they got to know there is a World Cup there. Here they have been making pictures regularly and they are much better than (USA),” Suryakumar Yadav said.

Notably, Yadav has taken on the number 4 batting spot for India in the tournament, following the promotions of Virat Kohli to opener and Rishabh Pant to number 3. Should India lose early wickets, the decision on whether Suryakumar will adjust his game will be left to the players at the moment, according to team management.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2024

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