Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Aakash Chopra has mentioned that the senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee found a way to keep Suryakumar Yadav quiet, which is to keep him away from the strike.
India National Cricket Team middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav, who is at the No.1 position in the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings, toyed with the New Zealand bowlers and smashed unbeaten 111 runs off 51 balls, including 11 fours and 7 sixes, in the second T20I.
His amazing knock helped the Men In Blue win the game by 65 runs at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, November 20.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel after the match, the 45-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator showered high praise on the 32-year-old batter, who is famously known as SKY.
He elaborated: “Guwahati, Perth, Sydney, Tauranga – he is flying our flag everywhere. His name is Suryakumar Yadav. He showed why he is the No. 1 ranked T20I batter in the ICC rankings. There is no one better than him. Tim Southee told the only way he can be stopped, don’t let him get on strike.
“The question which came to my mind is – Is he our first original T20 batter? Rest all are three-format players, this guy is different. He welcomes bowlers with fours and sixes and hits so much that even the opposition team says they cannot stop him.”
When he comes, he comes differently – Aakash Chopra on Suryakumar Yadav
Aakash Chopra further applauded Suryakumar and said that he played some “incredible shots” in the game against New Zealand.
He elaborated: “He is my Player of the Match. When he comes, he comes differently. An unbeaten 111 off 51 balls, the second fifty came off 17 balls, a strike rate of 300. He is playing incredible shots. Generally, cricketers who play such shots do not use their feet because bowlers don’t give that much flight.
“The thing I found different about Suryakumar Yadav was the way his feet were dancing, the way he hit Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi over covers after stepping out, very difficult shot to execute, and the more difficult thing is to have time to create momentum by stepping out, he is finding that.”