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'He Is A Freak But Doesn't Know...': Nasser Hussain On Suryakumar Yadav's  Disappointing ODI Form

image-lqxlrr2kSuryakumar Yadav has been a NO-SHOW in ODI Cricket (AP News)

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has labeled Suryakumar Yadav as a "freak" in T20 cricket, marveling at his ability to know exactly what to do in almost every situation. Hussain, speaking to ICC, highlighted the excitement of watching Yadav play in the shortest format of the game, referring to him as "Mr. 360" due to his unconventional shot-making abilities.

However, Hussain expressed bewilderment at Yadav's struggles in the 50-overs format. Despite showing promise with back-to-back half-centuries against Australia before the World Cup, Yadav's performance in the tournament's final garnered significant criticism. 

His slow innings of 18 off 28 balls in the crucial match led to questions about his decision-making in ODIs, seemingly closing the doors on his ODI career for the time being.

"The person for the world to watch out for at the moment in T20 is Suryakumar Yadav. I mean, the bloke is a freak. The cliche of Mr. 360, but some of the shots he plays... and he is a bit of a freak because in fifty-overs cricket, he doesn't quite know when to go, when not to go, what to do. But in T20 cricket, he absolutely knows what to do almost every single time, and it's a fun game, T20 cricket and watching SKY, that is absolutely fun," he told to ICC.

The contrasting forms of Suryakumar Yadav in T20Is and ODIs are starkly evident. While his T20I performances, including a breathtaking century against South Africa, have maintained his status as the No. 1 ranked T20I batter since October 2022, his ODI struggles have raised concerns about his adaptability in the longer format. 

Despite the disappointment in ODIs, Hussain remains optimistic about Yadav's prospects in T20 cricket, particularly highlighting him as a player to watch out for in the upcoming T20 World Cup.