South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell reckons that the Indian middle-order batter, Suryakumar Yadav is currently one of the most feared batters in T20s due to his incredibly strong and aggressive batting. Surya slammed a 33-ball 50 in India’s eight-wicket win over South Africa on a tricky track in the series-opener.
Talking about the same batter ahead of the second T20I, Wayne Parnell said, “Personally, from what I’ve watched in the last couple of months, I think he’s probably the best T20 batter at the moment. He scores 360 degrees, which is very difficult for bowlers to defend. It’s about being strong and focusing on each ball. He’s allowed to play good shots, but the other day he was lucky as well. He’s certainly a guy whom I have enjoyed watching the last couple of months.”
Wayner Parnell insisted that their flop batting performance in the opening game was an aberration and there’s no need to panic before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
On their dismal performance in the powerplay when they were stuttering 9 for five, Parnell said, “It’s a bit of a Catch-22 situation really. Certainly, experience tells you that new ball does swing so you have to have a look at the first one-two overs. We have to credit the Indian seamers who bowled really well. We will have to define ways to counter that in the second game.”
Kagiso Rabada and Parnell bowled tight line and lengths but the likes of Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi struggled badly in the first T20Is as the visitors looked one seamer short.
Talking about the same, Wayne Parnell said, “Competition is good for the spots. It also means that when we are presented with any particular condition, we can play a certain set of fast bowlers so I think personally having the variety that we have is really exciting. We were here in June, then went on a UK tour, coming back here again before going to Australia. Everyone is in really good spirits and looking forward to the next couple of T20Is and the ODIs as well.”