Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald has humongous praises for Suryakumar Yadav after his fiery match-winning knock blitzkrieg in the third T20I, saying that the India batter will be the most dangerous player in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. Suryakumar played a match-winning knock while forging a 104-run stand with Virat Kohli as India chased down the 187-run target in the third T20I to seal a 2-1 series win over Australia in Hyderabad on Sunday.
During the post-match press conference, Andrew McDonald explained, “The conversations always going to be. Can you get better at your death bowling? The answer to that is yes. We encourage our guys to make good decisions and execute them. Sometimes the batter out-executes you and we’ve seen that with Hardik (Pandya) throughout the series.”
He further added, “Suryakumar Yadav was outstanding today and he’s gonna be dangerous in the World Cup but he showed what he can do. Axar, in particular, had an outstanding series. With Jaddu out everyone thought that it might become a bit of a weakness for India, but they’ve found another one again, which tends to happen.”
Asked if it’s a concern heading to the World Cup, McDonald said: “Across the series the run rate was high, it was entertaining cricket from the get-go. Bat dominated the ball, so there was really no place to hide for bowling units, in particular death. We worked our way through some plans. We saw some good results with some of the plans that we implemented that might be able to transition to the World Cup.”
Australian head coach also explained that they will have reinforcements in the form of Mitchell Starc when they begin the defense of their World Cup title at home next month. The Aussies were without a few of their World Cup-bound players due to injuries, but the head coach feels the defending champions have enough depth to overcome the situation.
In the absence of David Warner, who was rested, Cameron Green “embraced the challenge of opening”. The all-rounder managed to score 118 runs, including two belligerent half-centuries to give Australia a great start.
Andre McDonald explained, “I’ve asked him to show great intent on top of the order and everything that we’re seeing so far shows that he’s doing that. It’s probably opportunistic the way that he’s come into the opening position with obviously David Warner not being here and a couple of other players from our World Cup 15. And that’s all you can do, given an opportunity… Before we came over here, we thought he had the skill sets to be able to succeed there, and he’s taken on some of the best bowlers in world cricket.”