T20 World Cup: “He Has Failed When We Needed Him”- Former Indian Star Questions Suryakumar Yadav’s Performance in T20 WC
T20 World Cup: After ending the group at the top, India suffered a horrible loss in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. England thrashed the Men in Blue by 10 wickets, which kicked India out of the tournament. With this loss, India’s dream of winning the tournament shattered completely. The bowling attack struggled against England, and the top-order batting also failed completely. But now, the tournament has been concluded, and England has become the new World T20 champions.
Despite the horrible exit, there were a few positives for India in the tournament. The way young Arshdeep Singh performed throughout was admirable. He picked up 10 wickets in six games in the tournament. Speaking of the batting, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav were the best batters in the competition. Virat ended the tournament with 296 runs, while Surya was the third-highest scorer.
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T20 World Cup: “Suryakumar didn’t perform when we needed him” – Wasim Jaffer
SKY looked at his absolute best in the tournament. He scored 239 runs in six innings at an average of 59.75 and an unbelievable strike rate of 189.68, with three half-centuries. But he failed in two innings, when they were much needed against Pakistan in the first game and England in the semi-final. He made 15 off 10 against Pakistan and 14 off 10 against England. That is what former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer reckons. Jaffer stated in a Crictracker chat show that, despite his good form, SKY missed two crucial games. He said,
If I have to be a little bit critical, the two games in which we needed him he has failed in that — against Pakistan and England. I will be talking from critical point of view, otherwise he has been brilliant right throughout the year.
Apart from that, Jaffer also stated that Surya is an X-factor in the team and a key player. The former cricketer said that when SKY plays well, India often reaches 180 or 200, but when he fails, the Indian batting looks rusty. After the T20 World Cup, India will play a white-ball series against the Black Caps in New Zealand.
Both teams will play three ODIs and three T20Is, starting on Friday, November 18. India has given rest to its senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. It will be Hardik Pandya who will lead the team, while Rishabh Pant will be the vice-captain.