Virender Sehwag advises to Suryakumar Yadav ahead of World Cup 2023

Suryakumar Yadav fell to a soft dismissal after playing a crucial innings in a crunch chase, and Virender Sehwag says SKY should focus and learn from this mistake. Sehwag expressed his opinion while speaking to Cricbuzz following India’s game against Australia.

Sehwag gives advice to Suryakumar ahead of World Cup 2023
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What did Sehwag say about Suryakumar?

Virender Sehwag is one of the greatest openers of all time and his thrilling attacking style entertained many fans. There are very few people who could give better advice to Yadav, another Indian batsman of a similar ilk. 

SKY was seen knocking a few balls after the game in which he got out to a silly dismissal, but Sehwag didn’t agree with this method. The Nawab of Najafgarh recalled his personal way of dealing with such setbacks and suggested that he should focus on the mental aspect more.

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“I don’t know the reasons why he was knocking after the game, but I believed that you prepared for this particular game, you had the chance, you made a mistake and got out. Focus on the mistake, the mindset is more important. The skills won’t go anywhere, you don’t need practice.

“I didn’t need to. When you go out there, you put your 100 percent effort. Sometimes, you get out and it’s fine. But for me, that was it. I wouldn’t practice until the next day,” the former Team India opener recalled. 

Can Suryakumar find form ahead of the World Cup?

There has been much debate around the inclusion of SKY in Team India’s World Cup squad, with strong arguments for and against it. Most of the question marks are due to his patchy ODI form, but there is a unanimous agreement that an in-form Surya would be a big plus for India.

The MI batter showed some glimpses of finding his feet in the ODI format with a fine innings under pressure against India. Although his dismissal was very anti-climatic, Sehwag believes an improved mindset could do the trick for the right-hander.

“It’s the mindset. What were you thinking when you play that shot, whether it was the right decision or not. The mental tuning is more important. You should’ve focussed on skills when you had those three ducks in a row. Now that you’ve scored runs, you have to tune yourself mentally,” said the 44-year-old.

Team India takes a 1-0 lead against Australia

India left star men Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma out of their squad and still managed to defeat Australia in the first ODI of the series. This bodes well for the men in blue ahead of the WC as Gill, Gaikwad and Rahul got among the runs and Shami staked his claim with a 5-wicket haul. 

Shami started the show as his excellent bowling helped bundle out Australia for 276. India started strong and after some hiccups, notched up a nervy win with 8 balls to spare. 

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