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Suryakumar Yadav Praises Ashwin: The ‘Rockstar’ of Team India
- Updated: September 26, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav Calls Ravichandran Ashwin a “Rockstar” Ahead of India’s Third ODI Against Australia
Team India’s Suryakumar Yadav recently took to social media to shower praise on his senior teammate, Ravichandran Ashwin, affectionately calling him a “Rockstar.” This exchange occurred on Instagram, where both players shared a light-hearted moment ahead of India’s third ODI against Australia. With India already leading the series 2-0, anticipation was building for the final match set to take place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on September 27.
Ravichandran Ashwin, known for his exceptional skills in both Test and ODI cricket, added a touch of humor to his Instagram post. He posted a series of photos of himself and captioned it, “When you have composed a Kutti Story. The witty caption was accompanied by photos that showed his playful side.
In response to Ashwin’s post, Suryakumar Yadav couldn’t resist praising his senior teammate and left a comment saying, “Rockstar.” This affectionate term of endearment showcased the camaraderie and mutual respect among the Indian cricket squad members.
While Ashwin is primarily recognized for his spin bowling prowess, the conversation around his role in the ODI format has gained prominence in recent times. Former Indian cricketer and batting coach, Sanjay Bangar, weighed in on the discussion regarding potential replacements for Axar Patel in case he fails to recover in time for the upcoming World Cup.
Sanjay Bangar acknowledged Ashwin’s bowling capabilities and suggested that he could provide valuable support in the absence of Axar Patel. However, he also pointed out that Ashwin’s batting statistics in ODIs were not as impressive as they were in Test cricket. Despite this, Bangar believed that Ashwin had the potential to contribute effectively as a lower-order batsman if required, potentially filling the No. 8 position in the batting lineup.
The former cricketer shared his insights on Star Sports, stating, “If Axar Patel doesn’t get fit soon, then it will be a problem (for his World Cup chances) as Ashwin will have his bowling to offer. His stats with the bat aren’t as good in ODIs as they are in Tests, but he could certainly do a job at No. 8 if needed.”
Bangar also emphasized the role of timing in a cricketer’s career. He highlighted how unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries to key players, can propel others into the limelight. He cited the example of KL Rahul, who, due to Shreyas Iyer’s injury, got an opportunity to represent the Indian team in the Asia Cup and has since established himself as a prominent player in the squad.
As India prepared for the final ODI against Australia, the camaraderie between teammates like Suryakumar Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin served as a testament to the unity and positive spirit within the Indian cricket team. The exchange on social media not only showcased their mutual respect but also provided fans with a delightful moment of camaraderie ahead of the crucial match.
With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on the horizon, the selection of the final squad, including the role of players like Ravichandran Ashwin, will continue to be a topic of discussion among cricket enthusiasts and experts. As Team India aims for glory in the World Cup, the contributions of players like Ashwin, both with bat and ball, could prove invaluable in their pursuit of cricketing excellence.
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By- Sahiba Suri