The Indian Cricket Team lost their first-ever bilateral series on home soil in the deciding ODI match played at M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 22 March.
Surya Kumar Yadav was given a chance in the playing XI as Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the series due to an injury. During the 3rd One-day international match at Chennai, Surya came after the fall of Virat Kohli’s wicket. He played a wrong shot against Ashton Agar to be dismissed very first ball and left too much for the others to do.
The pitch was difficult to bat on as Adam Zampa was the pick of bowlers for Australia with 4 wickets and breaking the backbone of the Indian batting line-up. With World Cup 2023 slated to take place later this year, Indian batting needs to be sorted out if they need to lift the prestigious tournament.
Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bat first. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh provided a flying start before the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa provided vital runs to help Australia post 269 in 49 overs.
Chasing down 189 runs in the first ODI match, India lost 2 early wickets to Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli. He was dismissed with a beauty of delivery by Mitchell Starc. KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja had a match-winning partnership leading India to a 5-wicket win.
The second ODI saw Australian bowlers creating havoc among the Indian batters. Mitchell Starc produced another lovely delivery to dismiss Surya Kumar Yadav on his first ball.
Suryakumar Yadav’s performance in ODIs
Surya Kumar Yadav made his ODI debut on 18 July 2021. Since then he has played a total of 23 ODI matches ( 21 innings) and scored 433 runs with the best score of 64 including 2 half-centuries.
He has been a consistent performer in the T20I format being named ICC T20 Cricketer of the year for 2022.
He became the sixth Indian batter to register 3 successive ducks in ODI cricket for India. Sachin Tendulkar did it in 1994, Anil Kumble in 1996, Zaheer Khan in 2003/04, Ishant Sharma in 2010-11, Jasprit Bumrah 2017-19.
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