India’s Suryakumar Yadav, who is also the world’s high-rated batsman in T20I, suffered his third straight golden duck in a thrilling third and final one-day international match against Australia on Wednesday. The explosive Yadav is known as a 360-degree player for his ability to play the full field in the shorter cricket format, but he has yet to establish himself in the 50+ game. Suryakumar Yadav was first brought to the ball by Ashton Agar in the 36th over of India’s Chase in the ODI Final.
That gave the hosts the figure 185-6 intending to achieve 270 to win the game in Chennai.
The 32-year-old led Mitchell Starc in the first and second games of the series, both times also in the first leg of their innings. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has backed Yadav as a top contender for the ODI World Cup in India later this year. Suryakumar is the sixth Indian batsman to record three consecutive ducks in ODIs.
The list of such incidents is interesting to view:
- Sachin Tendulkar (1994|)
- Anil Kumble (1996),
- Zaheer Khan (2003–04),
- Ishant Sharma (2010–11),
- Jasprit Bumrah (2017–2019)
These are others.
India’s batting unit choked again under relentless pressure from Australian spinners as the visitors secured the ODI series 2-1 and a comfortable 21-run win in Chennai on Wednesday. India followed a tough target of 270 in a difficult field, opting for 248 from 49.1 overs as Australia returned to the series after losing the first ODI by five wickets. The loss in the series is an indicator that the Indian team is far from ready for the World Cup and there are too many loose ends to tie.
The match proved a disappointment in the final 15 overs as Australian spinners Adam Zampa (4/45) and Ashton Agar (2/41 in 10 overs) caught as many six Indian wickets and wasted just 86 runs in the 20 overs between them. Chepauk’s stretch slowed and slowed and in 35th place, in the Indian innings, it became very difficult to hit the big shots.
When Zampa fired a few Googlies to force Hardik Pandya (40 balls out of 40) and Ravindra Jadeja (1 ball out of 33) to hit against the tack, the writing was on the wall.