As India’s team was bowled out for 117, the Australians needed just 11 overs to reach their mark, leading to a crushing loss for India in the second one-day international of the series. Mitchell Marsh (66*) and Travis Head (50*) put up an unbroken opening partnership to help Australia to a 10-wicket victory, which was India’s greatest defeat in terms of balls remaining. India’s opening pair of Rohit Sharma (who returned to the Indian XI after missing the first ODI) and Shubman Gill (who was removed for a duck) got off to a terrible start after being asked to bat.
The Indian side lost more wickets, including Suryakumar Yadav, who was out batting on his first delivery against Mitchell Starc, just as he had been in the first ODI. In little time at all, the left-arm bowler had Suryakumar caught in front of the wickets and sent back to the pavilion.
Suryakumar, 32-year-old, has been the top batter for his team in the shortest format of the game. But he hasn’t been doing well in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Suryakumar hasn’t scored a 50+ in the format since February 2022, when he did so against Ahmedabad. Since then, he has only scored 34* once, in November of last year, when he faced New Zealand.
What did Ajay Jadeja say about Suryakumar Yadav?
Nevertheless, former India great Ajay Jadeja has come out in support of Suryakumar, saying that he would be stunned if India didn’t stick with the explosive batter for the next ODI in Chennai on Wednesday.
“It would make sense if the player on the bench is forcing the doors open. Here, all are just sitting by the door,” Jadeja said on Cricbuzz when asked if anyone from the current ODI squad could replace Suryakumar in the next ODI.
“Suryakumar has himself banged the door open for himself. I doubt the Indian team would think about it (replacing Suryakumar). If they’re even thinking that way, I will be shocked,” Jadeja said further.
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