Former India coach Ravi Shastri believes Suryakumar Yadav will have to come out of his poor form with Mumbai Indians with patience. Suryakumar is the world’s No. 1 T20I batsman but has struggled lately when he was sent off for three first-ball ducks in an ODI home game against Australia last month. The 32-year-old scored 15 and 1 run in the opening games of the 2023 IPL for the Mumbai Indians, who are hoping for their first win of the season against hosts Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. “There will be light at the end of the tunnel, he’ll see it soon,” Shastri told media ahead of the game. “And when he sees it, he’ll grab it and make the best of it.”
So I advise him to take his time in the beginning, even if it’s T20 cricket. Suryakumar, known for his cheeky hitting game and over 175 shots in T20 internationals, tends to attack immediately. But former coach Shastri advised him to take his time to find his way around the crease. “One good shot and he’s back again. That’s what he needs – a good shot and time in the box. Not 20-30 minutes, maybe six or eight balls and I think it’ll be fine.”
Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach Mark Boucher also spoke about Suryakumara’s struggles. “Surya is a very talented cricketer. He is one of the best T20 players in the world, if not the best. He hasn’t had a weightage of runs, but he’s a fantastic player.
Hopefully, he will do well shortly. I don’t need to put too much burden on him. We will support him and try to give him new challenges to distract him. If that helps him get in shape ahead of the intermediate and final stages of the tournament,” said Boucher.