“When Suryakumar Yadav bats, you have to see where to bowl” – RP Singh
By SMCS - Aug 11, 2023 9:11 am
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Former India player RP Singh has said that vintage Suryakumar Yadav was seen again in the third T20I between India and the West Indies. The host set India a 160-run target after opting to bat first in Providence, Guyana, on Tuesday, August 8. Suryakumar then smashed a quickfire 44-ball 83 as the Indian team chased down the target with seven wickets and 13 balls in hand.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav played another flamboyant knock

During a discussion on JioCinema, Singh said: “The shots were like that. When he plays the lap shot, you feel that Surya is in full rhythm. He started as soon as he went in. We saw a slight helicopter shot. He read the game well. Surya’s specialty is that he thinks one step ahead. He plays the sweep shot well. When we were in coaching, we were told that you shouldn’t sweep the ball on the stumps but when Bhau is in form, he sweeps all the balls, whether it is within the stumps, or outside off or leg.”

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However, Suryakumar Yadav hit 10 fours and four sixes during his innings. He also hit a four and a six off the first two deliveries he faced as well. RP Singh also praised Suryakumar Yadav for bringing an attacking approach to the middle order as well.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma

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“When the sun shines, the clouds are not seen, you don’t see the darkness and that’s what happened with the Indian team. The specialty of his batting is that his strike rate remains good throughout his innings. The strike rate matters the most in the T20 format. You reached a very comfortable position because of his knock. The asking rate became less than a run-a-ball. When Suryakumar Yadav bats, you have to see where to bowl, because he jumps outside the off-stump at times and plays the lap shot from there,” RP Singh concluded.