Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s Mr 360-degree batsman Suryakumar Yadav performed miserably with the bat in the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia. The aggressive batter was dismissed for three golden ducks in three matches against the visitors.

Though SKY has impressed fans across the globe with his whirlwind batting in T20Is, he has not been able to replicate his T20 success in the 50-over format of the game. He only averages around 24 in ODIs which is not a justice to his immense talent.

With Suryakumar failing to perform consistently in ODIs, fans have called for the inclusion of Sanju Samson in India’s ODI squad. However, legendary all-rounder and former World Cup-winning India skipper Kapil Dev has thrown his weight behind the beleaguered Suryakumar.

As per Kapil, the coach, captain, and selectors are doing the right thing by backing Suryakumar.

“A cricketer like Surya who has played so well will always get more chances. Don’t compare Surya with Sanju Samson, it doesn’t seem right. If Sanju goes through a bad phase then you will talk about somebody else. This should not happen,” said Kapil.

“If the team management has decided to back Suryakumar then he should be given more chances. Yes, people will talk. Let them give their opinion but ultimately it’s the management’s call,” he added.