“I am not going to call him Suryakumar Yadav, but Sixer Kumar Yadav” – Aakash Chopra
By SMCS - Sep 26, 2023 11:00 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra cheekily shared that Shreyas Iyer batted like Shubman Gill at the start of the innings in the Indore ODI against Australia, whereas Gill batted like Shreyas Iyer as well. Chopra shared while talking about Shreyas’ blazing start even as Gill was comparatively quiet at the other end as well.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav scored a match-winning fifty

Aakash Chopra opined on Shreyas’ crucial knock on his YouTube channel and commented: “He was under pressure. You isolate yourself and say that you don’t care what people say and why. But as humans, you are not immune to everything that is happening outside. Things do fall on your ears and there is some pressure. But the team was convinced that Shreyas is our main player and we are going to stick with him.”

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“The way he hit a shot over covers at the start and then played those drives, he was brilliant. He was, as we say, in total control. It was not like there were edges or catches were being dropped. There was nothing of that sort. He batted very well. For some time at the start, it seemed like Shreyas Iyer was Shubman Gill and Shubman Gill is Shreyas Iyer, who is coming back from injury,” Chopra again added.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

While Shreyas Iyer hit 11 fours and 3 sixes in his innings, Gill hit six fours and four sixes in his century as well. Following Shreyas and Gill’s dismissal, Suryakumar Yadav played a finisher with 72*off 37 balls. He smashed six fours and as many sixes as well.

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“I am not going to call him Suryakumar Yadav, but Sixer Kumar Yadav. He hits so many sixes. Everyone was saying, go Green. He said we need to go Green near the boundary line. It was an amazing innings. He is a 360-degree player and has validated the management’s decision to back him for the World Cup. This is something to admire. In the first match, he scored a 49-ball 50, which is what was needed there. In this game, he went absolutely hammer and tongs. It was absolute destruction,” Aakash Chopra concluded.