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Suryakumar Yadav Up for the ODI Challenge ahead of Upcoming Asia Cup

India’s top T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav is determined to seize the opportunity to unlock his potential in the ODI format during Asia Cup set to begin today. Expressing his aspirations and preparations ahead of the tournament, Suryakumar revealed his determination to fulfill his role within the team and prove his mettle in the 50-over format.

With India’s campaign in the Asia Cup set to kick off against arch-rivals Pakistan on September 2, the spotlight will be firmly trained on Suryakumar, fondly known as ‘SKY’ by fans. While he has left an indelible mark in T20Is with his audacious strokeplay and consistency, the ODI arena has posed a distinct challenge for him, despite an encouraging start.

“I would try to fulfill the role I am given by the team, no matter what role. This is a format I am looking forward to doing well in. I am doing great in T20Is. But these both are white-ball formats. Why I cannot crack the code here, people are wondering,” Suryakumar candidly remarked during an interaction with Star Sports.

Suryakumar acknowledged the complexity of the ODI format, which demands a versatile blend of skills and adaptability across various situations. Recognizing the need for a balanced approach, he shared insights gained from interactions with head coach Rahul Dravid, skipper Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli, as he strives to fine-tune his game.

Elaborating on his approach, Suryakumar highlighted his commitment to maintaining his attacking intent while aligning his strategy with the match situation. “I am now trying to play as per the situation and practicing accordingly. Hopefully, this is the tournament where I crack the code,” he emphasized, illustrating his determination to conquer the challenges he faces in ODIs.

Suryakumar’s unyielding passion for batting was palpable in his words as he described his approach to the game. “I am always excited to bat. It does not matter if I am out on the first ball. People ask me why I sprint to the crease when my chance to bat comes, but I feel that maintaining this excitement is important,” he expressed, underlining his belief in harnessing his enthusiasm to fuel impactful performances.

However, Suryakumar’s ODI journey has witnessed its share of peaks and valleys. His initial foray into the format showed promise, with an impressive average of 65.25 in his first six innings, including two half-centuries. Yet, a subsequent dip in form has prompted questions, marked by a stark decline in his averages and performances.

Indian Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.

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