Former Pakistan opener, Salman Butt has come in support of the flamboyant India batter Suryakumar Yadav to do well in Test cricket considering his sensational form in T20 cricket. Suryakumar’s batting exploits have impressed one and all, especially with the kind of form he has maintained in the shortest format.
Notably, Suryakumar Yadav is currently standing at the numero uno position in the ICC T20I rankings, having registered 1164 runs in 31 innings in 2022, including two centuries and nine half-centuries. Despite his sublime form in T20 cricket, the batter is yet to make his Test debut. Meanwhile, Butt opined that Suryakumar will need to make minor changes to his game to flourish in red-ball cricket.
In the latest video on his Youtube channel, Salman Butt said, “Suryakumar Yadav has a lot of experience playing domestic cricket. I think he knows the longer format very well. He should be aware that he will have to adapt to red-ball cricket. You need to change your shot selection a bit, focusing on playing to your strengths.”
He further added, “He is very high on confidence thanks to his tremendous form in white-ball cricket. That is going to help him when he plays Test matches. He has been playing first-class cricket for nearly a decade, which is quite good for a player of his ability.”
The swashbuckling right-hander featured in a couple of Ranji Trophy matches for Mumbai in the 2023 edition and scored 233 runs at an average of 74.33 in three innings. Salman Butt further added that it would not be tricky for Suryakumar to acclimatize himself to Test cricket.
Explaining the same, Salman “When someone performs in such a top-class fashion in international cricket, it means that surely is very intelligent and a quick thinker. I don’t think it will be very tough for him.”
It is worth noting that the star batter could make his long-awaited Test debut during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in February. He is among the players included in the squad for the first two Tests of the four-match series, starting on February 9.