Hayden Comments on Suryakumar’s Performance in Asia Cup Match Against Bangladesh

Hayden Comments on Suryakumar’s Performance in Asia Cup Match Against Bangladesh

Suryakumar Yadav faced another disappointment in ODIs when he scored only 26 runs in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh.

In this match, Team India rested five of its key players: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Mohammed Siraj. They chose to bowl first and managed to limit Bangladesh to a total of 266 runs. However, India struggled with their batting and eventually got bowled out in the final over of the game. Shubman Gill was the top performer for India, scoring 121 runs, but the rest of the batting order, which included many second-string players, failed to make an impact in Colombo.

To compensate for the absence of star batters, India gave a debut cap to Tilak Varma, but he was dismissed for just 5 runs in the early part of the match. KL Rahul also faced difficulties at the crease. Suryakumar Yadav, who had been given an opportunity in the format after a series of disappointing performances against West Indies and Australia, failed to make a significant contribution once again.

Suryakumar scored 26 runs off 34 deliveries and was bowled out by Shakib Al Hasan after attempting a premeditated sweep shot. This added to India’s woes in the game. Despite his underwhelming performance, Suryakumar received criticism from fans. However, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden showed support for the Indian batter, drawing parallels to his early struggles in his cricket career for Australia.

Hayden mentioned that he understood the mindset of players like Suryakumar, having experienced his own challenges in the early years of his cricketing journey. He explained that when players perform exceptionally well in domestic and IPL cricket with a high strike rate but struggle in ODIs, it can be frustrating. He suggested that Suryakumar is trying too hard to gain respect in the ODI format, and this mindset needs to change.

Hayden emphasized that sometimes players push too hard to earn respect from their country in a specific format, and this can make it even more elusive. He expressed his empathy for Suryakumar Yadav and highlighted that he believes Suryakumar has a crucial role to play in the upcoming World Cup. Suryakumar Yadav is part of India’s 15-member squad for the 2023 World Cup.

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