Rahul Dravid
Suryakumar Yadav (left) and Rahul Dravid (right) having a friendly discussion.

When discussing Suryakumar Yadav’s success at the batting table in one-day internationals, Rahul Dravid made an Indian Premier League reference.

Rahul Dravid, captain of the Indian cricket team, analyzed Suryakumar Yadav’s batting in one-day internationals. The outstanding player, the world’s best Twenty20 International batter, has underwhelmed in One-Day Internationals. Suryakumar has scored 476 runs in 25 ODIs with a 23.80 batting average. In those matches, his highest score is a mere 64, and he has only hit two fifty-plus totals. His statistics have been disheartening, but so too have the methods he has used to discard players.

Dravid defended Suryakumar while discussing his One Day International (ODI) batting by bringing up the Indian Premier League (IPL).

There’s no denying Surya’s talent on the pitch. He has demonstrated this. Especially in Twenty20 internationals, domestic matches, and games played with white balls. He has given several impressive shows. He is the first to confess that his performance in One-Day Internationals has fallen short of expectations and the benchmarks he has established in Twenty20. It’s also likely that he’s studying ODIs. Before making his debut for India, he gained extensive experience playing Twenty20 cricket in the IPL. Dravid observed in the press conference following the second ODI, “He hasn’t played as much competitive cricket in One-dayers because there is no IPL for one-dayers.”

Suryakumar has scored 19 and 24 runs in the first two games of the three-game ODI series currently being played against the West Indies.

It’s not only that he’s studying his craft and getting better at batting in the middle overs. We want to give him every chance we can since he’s so talented. He must now decide whether or not to make the most of these possibilities. Dravid elaborated, saying, “In the kind of setup we are, we give people as many chances as we can.”

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