Former Indian opener, Wasim Jaffer has said that Suryakumar Yadav is just too used to playing the T20I format and will get used to the 50-over format after a few more matches. Suryakumar scored 31 runs off 26 balls as India beat New Zealand by 12 runs in Hyderabad. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Jaffer said Suryakumar is just used to playing the T20 format and will get used to the 50-over format after a few more games.
Explaining the same, Wasim Jaffer said, “I think he is just used to playing the T20 format. He knows there’s not much time in T20 cricket, but you do have that in 50 overs, so he needs to understand it. He hasn’t played a lot of 50-over cricket, but he will get used to it after a few more games.”
Wasim Jaffer went on to say that Suryakumar looked like a million-dollar player, adding that it’s good that he starts his innings around the 30-over mark.
Elaborating the same, Wasim Jaffer said, “Today, he looked like a million-dollar player. He had a start before a very soft dismissal, but it’s better if he starts his innings close to the 30-over mark. However, it gives him time to play until 35-40 overs and then he can play like he does in T20 cricket.”
The 44-year-old called Suryakumar Yadav a quality batter and said he can play the number 4 role for India as he does for Mumbai.
Former opener explained, “So, ideally, if he comes near the 30-over mark, it will suit him and India because that’s how he plays in T20 cricket. Sometimes it can get confusing when players get a lot of overs, but he is a quality player. He played for Mumbai in first-class cricket at number four, so he knows how to build an innings. So, he is not new to the role.”