India’s Suryakumar Yadav got a hat-trick of ducks in the one-day series against Australia after being bowled on the first ball he faced in the third and last ODI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. India vs Australia: Suryakumar Yadav got a hat-trick ducks.
The explosive Yadav is known as a 360-degree player for his ability to play all around the ground in the shortest white-ball format but he is yet to establish himself in the 50-over game. Yadav was bowled first ball by Ashton Agar in the 36th over of India’s chase in the final ODI. That left the hosts reeling at 185-6 with a target of 270 to win the match in Chennai.
The 32-year-old was leg-before to Mitchell Starc in the first and second matches of the series — on both occasions also on the first delivery of his innings. India skipper Rohit Sharma has backed Yadav as an important prospect for the ODI World Cup in India later this year.
Suryakumar is the sixth Indian batter to register three consecutive ducks in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar (1994), Anil Kumble (1996), Zaheer Khan (2003-04), Ishant Sharma (2010-11), Jasprit Bumrah (2017-2019) are others. The Indian batting unit once again choked under relentless pressure from the Australian spinners as the visitors clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1 with a comfortable 21-run victory, in Chennai on Wednesday.
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Chasing a stiff target of 270 on a tricky pitch, India were all out for 248 in 49.1 overs as Australia came back in the series after losing the first ODI by five wickets. The series defeat is an indicator that the Indian team is far from prepared for the World Cup and there are too many loose ends that needs to be tied.