There are many loose ends that need to be tied. One of them is Suryakumar Yadav‘s constant failure in ODIs. It won’t be wrong to say that the World no. 1 T20I batter is yet to establish himself in the 50-over format, but captain Rohit Sharma has always backed him.
Known for smashing the ball all around the ground with unorthodox shots, Suryakumar registered a shameful record during the third and decider ODI against Australia on Wednesday (March 22) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. He was dismissed for a golden duck for the third time in the series.
In the first and second ODIs, the 360-degree player became Mitchell Starc’s victim off lbw. While in the third one, it was Ashton Agar who got rid of the 32-year-old by bamboozling him. Suryakumar missed Agar’s low ball, which traveled straight to rattle the stumps.
The most interesting thing about his horrible record is that he joined the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on the list for scoring three consecutive golden ducks. Tendulkar, who has amassed unbreakable batting records in international cricket, registered the golden ducks in 1994. Apart from him, Anil Kumble (1996), Zaheer Khan (2003-04), Ishant Sharma (2010-11), and Jasprit Bumrah (2017-2019) also fell for three ducks on the trot.
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Along with Suryakumar Yadav, other batters fumbled against Australia
The Chennai pitch was a tricky one for the batters, but through huff and puff, Australia reached a decent 269-run total with Mitchell Marsh‘s 47, and Alex Carey’s 38. Indian bowlers Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav bagged three wickets each.
Chasing the target, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill did give a good start but failed to convert it into a huge one. Only Virat Kohli shined a bit with the bat. He scored a slow 54 runs from 72 balls, which had gone in vain eventually.
The batters were unable to settle during the middle overs because of Adam Zampa, who got rid of the settled batters in regular intervals. If Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja had shifted their gears during the last-ten overs, the result would have been a different one.
But they couldn’t bat till the end courtesy of Zampa who dismissed both. He ended up scalping four wickets (Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja).
Australia defeated India by 21 runs to win the series 2-1 and now all the focus will be shifted to the Indian Premier League which will start on March 31. Several players from both sides will join their respective teams to play in the high-octane cash-rich league.
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