The first match of the three-match T20 series was called off due to rain without a ball being bowled at Sky Stadium, Wellington, and the second T20I will be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, November 20. New Zealand batter Glenn Phillips has expressed his admiration for India batsman Suryakumar Yadav.
Suryakumar has become a crucial member of India’s T20I line-up. The right-handed batter has been in excellent form and is the highest run-getter in T20I cricket this year, with nine half-centuries and a maiden T20I century against England in June. The batter scored 1040 runs in 29 matches at an average of 43.33 with a stunning strike rate of 186.54.
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Ahead of the second T20I, Phillips expressed admiration for Yadav’s wristwork, which helps him hit boundaries in awkward areas. Given his success in Australia’s big grounds, the New Zealand batter believes that Suryakumar should benefit from shorter boundaries in New Zealand.
“He’s absolutely incredible. The things that he does I wouldn’t even dream of doing. I would love to try, but we have very different games. The wrist strength that he’s got to be able to hit balls for six in extremely awkward areas is a talent you rarely see,” Glenn Phillips said.
“I’ve got my strengths and he’s got his and we go about our jobs in different ways. I could easily see Yadav’s strike rate being even higher here than it was in Aussie, with the slightly smaller grounds and the pitches very similar, potentially a bit bouncier with a bit more grass on them. It’s going to be very interesting what sort of strike rates we see here,” he added.
Since making his debut in March 2021, the 32-year-old has played 39 matches and scored 1270 runs at an average of 41.42. In the recently concluded T20 World Cup, he was the third-leading scorer. He has scored 239 runs from six innings with an average of 59.75 and an incredible strike rate of 189.68, including three half-centuries.