ICC World Cup 2023: Joe Root Heaps Praise On Suryakumar Yadav Ahead Of ODI WC In India, Says 'SKY's Consistency Is Frightening'

Published - 13 Sep 2023, 09:09 PM

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Image Credit: PTI

Star English batsman, Joe Root heaped praise on Suryakumar Yadav before the start of the ODI World Cup 2023 in India and said that the 32-year-old Indian batsman is very frightening and consistent with his performance.

Currently, Rohit Sharma-led India and Suryakumar Yadav are in Sri Lanka to take part in the Asia Cup 2023. The final of the Continental Cup 2023 will be held on Sunday (September 17th) at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Even though Suryakumar has not performed well in the 50-over format still he has been included in the Men in Blue 15-member squad for the forthcoming extravaganza tournament.

While speaking to TOI, Joe Root said that the 32-year-old Indian batsman should be praised for scoring so many tons in a short period of the in white-ball cricket. Root added that it is difficult to bowl at Suryakumar Yadav since he hit at unusual areas.

The English man further added that any young kid wants to copy SKY if they watch him play since it is so fun seeing him play.

“SKY’s consistency is frightening. How he’s managed to score so many hundreds in a short space of time, especially in the position in the order that he bats and how quickly he’s done it. It’s been remarkable really. And he’s so difficult to bowl at because he hits it in such unusual areas. Any young kid who watches him would want to go and replicate it. It looks so much fun to do and to play,” Joe Root said.

When asked about how SKY is being compared with AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen, Root said that ABD and Pietersen inspired generations during their time.

“But he’s very smart about how he does it as well. He picks the ball well, he picks his gaps and he executes extremely well. He’s made himself into a wonderful T20 player. But guys like ABD, and Kevin Pietersen, inspire generations and they inspire young players too,” Root added.

A lot of youngsters are looking up to him and doing something different just like him: Joe Root on Suryakumar Yadav

The former England Test skipper said that Suryakumar Yadav is inspiring youth who are interested in cricket like Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar inspired SKY in this sport.

“For Virat, Sachin was a massive inspiration for him. That’s one of the greatest things in this sport at this level. You inspire young children to pick up a bat and a ball and want to go and do great things in the game. Same thing SKY is doing. A lot of youngsters are looking up to him and doing something different just like him,” Joe Root concluded.

Rohit Sharma-led India will start their ODI World Cup 2023 voyage against Australia on October 8th at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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