Aakash Chopra picks Suryakumar Yadav as his Player of the Match
By SMCS - Feb 21, 2022 3:37 pm
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Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has picked Suryakumar Yadav as his Player of the Match for the third and final T20I between Team India and West Indies in Kolkata as well. Yadav smashed 65 runs off just 31 deliveries and hit seven sixes and a solitary four in his knock. Meanwhile, his knock helped Team India reach a massive total of 184/7 and they eventually won the match by 17 runs as well.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav scored a brilliant fifty

While reviewing the match in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “My Player of the Match is Suryakumar Yadav. What an amazing guy he is, Surya Namaskar. The ramp shot he plays, who plays like that. He is our own Indian 360-degree, AB de Villiers kind of player, he does the difficult tasks with ease when he is batting down the order.”

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Chopra explained: “You expect that he will come and do well. He has hit four half-centuries and his specialty is that he has batted at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 and has scored half-centuries in all three positions. It is a difficult job but he does it well.”

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav made a brilliant partnership

Suryakumar Yadav has shown his skill across batting positions, but he might have cemented his spot in the Indian team at the No. 5 spot. The 31-year-old hit 99 runs at a strike rate of 202.04 in the two matches he has played at the position during the West Indies series as well. Aakash Chopra was happy with Yadav’s run-scoring pace.

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“He is not getting the opportunity to bat up the order. He will do well there also if he gets a chance there. Whatever runs you see from him, check the strike rate. It is close to 150. I mean team before self and the brand of cricket we talk about playing, he shows it by doing it. Let’s be honest, India was stuck when he came to bat. Rohit Sharma was going at a strike rate of 50 and he was going at nearly 200. So the Player of the Match has to be Suryakumar Yadav,” Aakash Chopra concluded.