A gun player in T20Is, Surya Kumar Yadav has failed to replicate the same success in the ODI format.
The 32-year-old has failed to live up to his expectations in the One-Day format and has been in the line of fire recently.
In the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series between India and Australia, Surya Kumar Yadav had an absolute nightmarish experience.
The solid middle-order batter registered 3 golden ducks in the ODI series and failed to even connect a single delivery.
This has prompted netizens and pundits to raise concerns over Surya Kumar Yadav’s selection in the ODI format.
Surya Kumar Yadav’s failures can be attributed to a few reasons and while he is struggling, Team India could well use a few other players in his position.
India shouldn’t take a risk in this year as this is an ICC ODI World Cup year.
In this article, we take a look at 3 players who could replace Surya Kumar Yadav in the ODI team of India:
Please Note: We haven’t included Shreyas Iyer’s name as he is injured presently. When he comes back, he automatically should find a place in the playing XI of India.
1. Sanju Samson
One of the most obvious names in this list, Sanju Samson has been a rock-solid middle-order batter for India.
The Kerala-based cricketer can also open the innings and we have seen him do that in a few T20I games.
The 28-year-old wicket-keeper batter has a stupendous average of 66.00 in ODIs and he could well be given a nod ahead of Surya Kumar Yadav in the ODI format.
He can be a very explosive batter and can bat according to the situation as well.
2. Deepak Hooda
One of the most promising all-rounders, Deepak Hooda has been in the fray of the Indian cricket team in recent times.
He is a swashbuckling batter and can also bowl off-spin.
The 27-year-old cricketer has so far scored 141 runs in 8 games and has also bagged 3 wickets.
Including him in the side also improves the balance of the team as skipper Rohit Sharma gets an extra part-time bowler.
Hooda can most certainly be drafted into the playing XI of the Indian cricket team.
3. Washington Sundar
Another extremely handy all-rounder of Team India, Washington Sundar is a very versatile and flexible player.
The 23-year-old was a regular in the Indian squad, quite a few years ago, and has more or less cemented his place in the squad.
The southpaw has so far played 16 ODIs and has scored 233 runs. Apart from this, Sundar has bagged 16 wickets in this format.
Also read: IPL 2023: 3 Reasons Why Jofra Archer Might Have A Good IPL Season