There is no denying the fact that Suryakumar Yadav is currently one of the best T20 batters in the world. It’s a herculean task to earn a name for himself in a batting line-up comprising Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli at the top and Hardik Pandya, and Dinesh Karthik as finishers but SKY has not only managed to hold his own but has emerged as another superstar in the Indian unit.
Suryakumar appears to have at least two different shots for every ball. He has the ability to smash a bouncer for a six using his ‘nataraja shot’. Test him with spin, he resorts to sweeping or goes down the track to hit inside out. He can also camp on the back foot and is equally effective on both sides of the wicket if the spinners drag it down. Since making his debut, Suryakumar has scored 1045 runs at a strike rate of 176.81 batting in the middle overs.
Talking about skipper on Star Sports, Dale Steyn had said, “He’s the kind of player that likes to use the pace of the ball. He likes to get in behind the square. In places like Perth, Melbourne, and all of these grounds, there is a little bit of extra pace on it. So, you can use the pace, you can hit on the fine leg, behind, and all along the carpet. He has played some amazing backfoot cover drives and some beautiful cover drives off the front foot too.”
He further added, “So, he’s an all-around player, and it’s in Australia, where the wickets are so good, they are batting friendly. You can also get away when a bowler tries to bowl full, you can place the ball left and you can use the pace of the ball really well, given some room. So, he is a wonderful 360-degree player, and reminds me of AB de Villiers. With the red-hot form that he’s in right now, he’s a player to definitely watch out for this World Cup.”
Suryakumar, who top-scored with 52 in India’s first practice match against Western Australia, will be in action again on Thursday against the same opposition in India’s second warm-up match.