Ricky Ponting Suryakumar Yadav
Yadav is nowhere close to being at his fluent best.

Cricket fans were left in shock after witnessing an explosive confrontation between Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting and star Mumbai Indians batter Suryakumar Yadav following yet another disastrous performance on the field.

The highly-animated exchange between the two cricket giants reportedly took place after Yadav slumped to his 4th first-ball duck in just six innings during Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2023 tie against Delhi Capitals last evening.

Yadav’s form had been on the rise in recent months, with the ICC T20 cricketer of the year in 2022 reaching all heights in international cricket, including two T20I centuries and being the leading run-getter in the format.

But as it often does in cricket, one incident can change everything, and Yadav’s fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn. Last month, he suffered a hat-trick of golden ducks against Australia, with Mitchell Starc getting him twice and Adam Zampa once.

Many believed that Yadav would bounce back in his favourite format in the IPL, after three innings into Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2023 campaign, Yadav is nowhere close to being at his fluent best.

To make matters worse, Yadav’s struggles come at a crucial time as India’s World Cup squad selection approaches. However, despite his frailties, Yadav was backed by three-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting.

But after last night’s dismal performance, Ponting lost his cool and had a heated exchange with Yadav, which left cricket fans wondering if the Mumbai Indians batter’s World Cup hopes were now in jeopardy.

Will Yadav bounce back and silence his critics, or will his golden duck slump continue to haunt him? Only time will tell.

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  1. Surya is still good for T20 format but tremendously low in confidence right now. But such players have limitations for test cricket unless he really improves his technique and patience.

  2. Surya shud rest for sometime to study his failures and spend quality time with good net bowlers at NCA.

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