Melbourne. The world’s number one T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav’s bat remains a ‘kaal’ for the bowlers in the current T20 World Cup. He has so far scored three half-centuries in the Super-12 stage, out of which he was also selected for the ‘Player of the Match’ twice. In the match against Zimbabwe on Sunday, Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 61 runs off just 25 balls with 6 fours and 4 sixes helped India post a mammoth total of 186 for five. This total score was enough for the opposing team. India registered a comfortable 71-run win against Zimbabwe, and they will now take on England for the semi-finals in Adelaide on Thursday.
Suryakumar is now being called ‘Mr 360’, a tag that has been used for a very long time for former South African captain AB de Villiers. While talking to Star Sports in Hindi after the match against Zimbabwe, Suryakumar replied to his comparison with AB de Villiers.
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Suryakumar said, ‘There is only one 360-degree player in the world, and I will try to play like him.’ Now, former South Africa captain de Villiers has reacted to Suryakumar’s remarks. De Villiers tweeted, ‘You are getting there very quickly mate, and even more. You played well today.
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The half-century against Zimbabwe was Suryakumar’s third half-century in an ICC tournament and he again played some mind-blowing strokes in the match. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri asked Suryakumar about this shot, in which the Indian batsman hit a six over deep fine leg. Surya told how he has prepared himself to play stroke.
Suryakumar said, ‘I mean you get an idea of what the bowler is going to bowl at that time. At that time you have to decide everything a little in advance. When I used to play rubber-ball cricket, I practiced a lot for this stroke. So, in such a situation you are able to get an idea of what the bowler is thinking at that time. If the fielder is inside the field, then I try to send the ball outside the field.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 07, 2022, 12:11 IST