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Kapil Dev Terms Suryakumar Yadav As A Once In A Lifetime Player
By CricShots - Jan 9, 2023 12:52 pm
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The ultimate praise for a batter comes when one of the greatest players of all time compares the player with some stalwarts like Vivian Richards or Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli. These players have made a plethora of records in their illustrious careers and so has Suryakumar Yadav, reckons the legendary Indian cricketer, Kapil Dev, who hailed the India batter as a ‘once in a century’ cricketer. 

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Suryakumar Yadav scored a century

Kapil’s comment came shortly after Suryakumar played another fiery knock of 112 runs off 51 balls against Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I match of the series at the SCA Stadium, Rajkot.  The India No.4 helped the team amass a colossal 228 for the loss of five wickets before the bowlers folded the visitors for just 137 runs.

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During a recent chat with ABP News, the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper was at a complete loss for words over Suryakumar’s knock and rather compared his batting prowess to legends like Sachin, Richards, Kohli, and Ricky Ponting.

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Kapil Dev

Elaborating the same, Kapil Dev said, “When we see Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, we feel someday there will be a player who will compel us to think he is also part of that list. And the kind of cricket he plays, that lap shot the one over fine leg, then that leaves the bowler frightened because he can stand and hit a six over mid-on and mid-wicket.”

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He further added, “That is what makes it difficult for the bowlers because he is able to pick the line and length consistently. I have seen great batters like De Villiers, Vivian Richards, Sachin, Virat, and Ricky Ponting, but very few can hit the ball as cleanly as him. Hats off to Suryakumar Yadav. These kinds of players come only once in a century.”

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