Legendary South African cricketer, AB de Villiers has showered praises on the flamboyant Indian batter, Suryakumar Yadav, saying he’s come a very long way with regard to his playing ability. Suryakumar has been a consistent performer for India in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, as he amassed 225 runs in five games. Speaking ahead of India’s semi-final against England, de Villiers said he is very happy seeing the growth of Suryakumar and insisted that he’s come a very long way.
As per the quotes India Today, AB de Villiers said, “I am very happy for Surya. I think he has come a very long way. I never saw this happening, the way he is playing. He was very conservative and stuck to his game plans at the start but he is now laying the platform and foundation and then starting to dominate the bowlers. It is fantastic to see that and he has a bright future ahead of him.”
AB de Villiers said people are right to compare Suryakumar to him, adding that the latter will need to work on his consistency to find himself in the golden books of cricket players.
The former skipper elaborated, “Yes, they are. The only thing he will have to concentrate on is his consistency. He will have to do this for 5 to 10 years and then he will find himself in the golden books of cricket players.”
The 38-year-old said that the best four teams have reached the semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup but insisted that an IPL-style format would suit the tournament better.
Talking about the semi-finalists, AB de Villiers said, “I feel the top four teams in the world are in the semifinals of the World Cup. I do feel there should be more games. If you have 10 teams, you play nine games and you get the top four and then you have the IPL playoff-like system where one plays two, three plays four, and if one or two loses they play the winner of three and four. That to me is a fair system. 99 percent of the time you will get the best team to win the tournament.”
India and England are set to play each other at the Adelaide Oval on November 10, after New Zealand will be locking horns with Pakistan in the first semi-final in Sydney.