Slumps to Soaring
Suryakumar Yadav, a proficient middle-order batsman, has been displaying exceptional form in T20Is. He notched up an impressive score of 166 in four T20I innings, maintaining an average of 41.50 against West Indies earlier this month. However, his performance in ODIs has been a cause for concern. Yadav faced a challenging period in the three-match ODI series against Australia earlier this year, being dismissed for a golden duck (out on the first ball) on three occasions. Despite this, he showcased his prowess by amassing 605 runs across 16 IPL matches for Mumbai Indians this year, inclusive of a century and five half-centuries. Regrettably, his ODI struggles continued, managing only 78 runs in three innings during the recent series against West Indies. As he gears up for the Asia Cup, Yadav has a valuable opportunity to reestablish his form and make a significant impact Suryakumar .
Tilak Varma marked his debut on the international stage this month during the five-match T20I series against West Indies. He left a lasting impression by accumulating an impressive tally of 173 runs, emerging as the highest scorer for India in the series, with an impressive average of 57.66. This left-handed batsman also exhibited remarkable form in IPL 16, accumulating 343 runs in 11 matches for MI. His exceptional performance earned him a well-deserved place in the Asia Cup ODI squad, potentially positioning him as a contender for selection in the ODI World Cup squad as well.
After experiencing a dip in form subsequent to the 2019 ODI World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav’s presence in the ODI squad became inconsistent, managing a total of 14 wickets in 14 one-dayers from August 2019 to July 2021. However, the wrist spinner made a resounding comeback, clinching 34 wickets in his last 19 ODIs, including an impressive four wickets for six runs in an innings against West Indies last month. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Kuldeep Yadav is determined to sustain this momentum during the Asia Cup, aiming to secure a position in the World Cup squad.
Anticipating a significant breakthrough in the upcoming Asia Cup, Axar Patel aims to shine after receiving limited opportunities in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against West Indies. The left-arm spinner participated in just one ODI match in the Caribbean, where he bowled a mere two overs, conceding four runs. His performance in the T20I series was also lackluster, as he secured only two wickets in four innings. Additionally, his batting display was unimpressive, scoring just 40 runs across three innings. The forthcoming multi-nation tournament presents Patel with a final chance to leave a lasting impression on the national selectors.
Since his debut in August 2017, Shardul Thakur has competed in 38 ODIs. However, his recent outstanding performance against West Indies, where he took eight wickets across three ODIs, has solidified his position as a strong contender for the World Cup squad. Slumps to Soaring Thakur aims to sustain this impressive form against fellow Asian competitors, further enhancing his chances of being selected for the World Cup.
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