The handling of India’s Suryakumar by captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, which in his opinion led to the third dismissal, has been the target of a vicious criticism from a former Pakistan cricketer.
Suryakumar Yadav’s unfortunate streak of three golden ducks in the just finished home ODI series against Australia has become the talk of world cricket, despite the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season starting in less than a week. The 2023 World Cup was well around the way, which had veterans worried and reignited the No. 4 argument once more. Former Pakistani cricketer, however, has savagely criticised India captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid for their handling of Suryakumar, which he believes led to the third dismissal.
“The administration of the Indian team hasn’t exhibited enough faith in Suryakumar Yadav. They shouldn’t have moved him from that position. Even Virat Kohli needed some time to regain his form, but his place remained the same. Why Suryakumar Yadav, then? The management of the Indian squad is at fault for Suryakumar’s golden ducks, he claimed. “Rohit Sharma too made a mistake. They undermined his motivation just as his self-confidence was beginning to crumble. They ought to have encouraged him and let him bat from his position.
We wanted to hold him back and let him the final 15-20 overs to play his game because he plays spin so well. But it’s a terrible shame that he was only able to play three balls during the series. Anyone can experience that. The potential and the quality are constant. He’s currently going through that (lean) phase. The ball did not swing at all after we had completed the first 10 overs. There was no doubt about Surya’s ability to swing or anything similar. After the game, he had claimed, “It was a tactical play.