Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt is not impressed with Suryakumar Yadav’s batting in ICC World Cup 2023 final. He feels that Suryakumar Yadav should have played his shots while batting with the tailenders.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 18 runs off 28 balls in the India vs Australia ICC World Cup 2023 final. Yadav was the only batter left towards the end. He is known for hitting big shots in the death overs in T20Is. However, he could not replicate that in the final against Australia.
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Suryakumar Yadav Should Have Played His Shots While Batting With Tailenders- Salman Butt
While speaking on his Youtube channel, former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt said that he could not understand what Suryakumar Yadav was trying to do. According to him, he should have played his shots while batting with tailenders.
“I couldn’t understand what Suryakumar Yadav was trying to do. He needed to play his shots when he was batting with the tailenders, but instead took singles and went at the non-striker’s end”, Salman Butt said.
“There was some reverse swing, and Australia had proven fast bowlers. They weren’t the kind of bowlers whom Mohammed Shami or Jasprit Bumrah would have been able to hit. Suryakumar Yadav should have taken more responsibility.” he added.
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Butt also said that Virat Kohli was unlucky as he lost his wicket at a crucial moment.
“Virat Kohli was unlucky. He was outstanding with the bat and took India to a place where they would have been in the driver’s seat if he and KL Rahul batted together for another 10 overs. However, Australia kept taking wickets at crucial junctures, not letting India stitch a partnership,” Butt further said.
India could only reach 240 runs in the 1st innings of the ICC World Cup 2023 final. Later, with a century by Travis Head, Australia won the match by 6 wickets. For India, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul slammed half-centuries. However, it was not enough to drive the team to a big total.
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