Indian head coach Rahul Dravid was not at all impressed after Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed in the first T20I against Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo on Sunday.
Rahul Dravid disappointed on Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal
Dravid gave a disappointing reaction after Yadav was dismissed by Sri Lanka’s spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
Batting at number four, the Mumbai-born scripted a 62-run partnership with Dhawan. Suryakumar completed his fifty in the 16th over with a maximum off Wanidu Hasaranga’s delivery and looked settled in the middle. The Indian team was hoping for a big knock from the middle-order batsman so that they could post a decent total on the scoreboard.
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However, the 30-year-old lost his wicket on the very next ball after smashing a fifty. Hasaranga opted for a flighted leg-spin delivery on the second ball of the 16th over. Suryakumar came down the wicket to play a big shot but he miscued it.
The ball went straight to Ramesh Mendis at long-off and that was the end of Suryakumar’s stylish innings.
Furthermore, Suryakumar Yadav had scored 124 runs in the ODI series in three matches and was awarded the Player of the series.
Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for Suryakumar Yadav in the post-match presentation. Dhawan said, “I thought we were 10-15 runs short. I feel we played quite well after losing early wickets. It was about one or two boundaries, we knew we could get going. He(SKY) is a great player and we enjoy watching him bat. He took the pressure from me and the way he plays calculated shots was amazing to watch. They were playing well, we knew our spinners will do the job on that wicket”.
Meanwhile, India won the first T20I convincingly by 38 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with impressive figures of 4-22 and he was awarded the Player of the match.