Suryakumar Yadav got trolled mercilessly on social media for his knock off 18 runs in 28 balls in the World Cup 2023 final against Australia.
The pitch at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad for the final was a very dry on, on which batting proved to be really difficult especially as the ball got older. India ended with a total of 240 runs.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 18 runs in 28 balls with one boundary to his name, managing a strike rate of only 64 even while batting in the death overs. The criticism of the fans toward Suryakumar stemmed from him exposing India’s tailenders to the Australian bowlers instead of farming strike.
During his knock, Suryakumar Yadav gave strikes to Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav instead of keeping the strike to himself and aiming for some boundaries. Eventually, Bumrah got out to Zampa, while Kuldeep survived stern spells from Starc and Hazlewood, both of whom got the ball reverse-swinging.
Fans lamented Suryakumar’s lack of game awareness and of him not taking initiative in looking for boundaries.
Tweets trolling Suryakumar Yadav for his knock in the World Cup 2023 final:
India finished with a total of 240, which is still a fighting total on this surface. Rohit Sharma gave India a cracking start with his 47 off 31 balls. But Rohit and Shreyas Iyer got out in quick succession. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli then slowly rebuilt India’s innings with their partnership of 67 (109) before Kohli got out. Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, who scored 66 runs, too followed. Cameos from Suryakumar, Kuldeep, and Siraj dragged India to 240.
Earlier, Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bowl. Rohit announced that India will be playing the same XI that has played in the last 6 matches.
World Cup Final Teams:
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
Australia (Playing XI): Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood