"When we needed him, he has failed"- Ex-IND legend not happy with Suryakumar Yadav's performance in T20 WC
India's T20 World Cup campaign ended with a 10-wicket loss at the hands of England in the semi-final of the tournament. Despite a horrible exit, India has had a few positives throughout the tournament. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav ended the tournament as the highest scorers.
On the other hand, young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh also did a good job, picking up 10 wickets in six games. Suryakumar was at his absolute best in the tournament and was the third-highest run scorer. He scored 239 runs in six innings at an incredible strike rate of 189.68 with three half-centuries.
He was one of the key players for Team India in the competition, strengthening India's middle order. Despite his blistering strike rate, the 32-year-old failed in two important games against Pakistan and England. He scored 10-ball 15 against Pakistan and 10-ball 14 against England in the semi-final.
Former Indian test opener Wasim Jaffer feels that Suryakumar failed to deliver when India needed him the most. In a discussion on Crictracker after India's WC exit, Jaffer said that the 32-year-old has shown brilliant form in the T20 World Cup but failed when it was most required.
He said, "If I have to be a little bit critical, the two games in which we needed him he has failed in that -- against Pakistan and England. I will be talking from critical point of view, otherwise he has been brilliant right throughout the year."
The former opener also pointed out that SKY is the "X" factor in the Indian batting order, and when he bats for a long time, the Indian score goes well above 180 or even 200. However, when he fails, the Indian batting looks vulnerable, which is why he is more important for India.
During the tournament, Suryakumar Yadav rose to the top of the T20I batsmen rankings. He is the leading run-scorer in the shorter format in the 2022 season and the only Indian to score 1000+ runs in a calendar year.