Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said Suryakumar Yadav has a golden chance to make a mark in England in Test cricket if he gets a game. Yadav and Prithvi Shaw have been added to India’s Test squad to take on England for the Test series starting next month.
Salman Butt opined that Yadav’s debut in international, earlier this year against England, coincided with his peak form after he had reached the age of 30. He has seemed unstoppable since – a fifty in debut T20I innings, Man of the Series against Sri Lanka in debut ODI series, followed by another fifty in the first T20I, and then a call-up to the Test squad.
The former Pakistan opener opined Yadav has matured well due to his decade-long experience in domestic cricket where he has scored over 5000 first-class runs and little less than 3000 List-A runs.
“Suryakumar Yadav has a huge opportunity to make a mark in England if he gets an opportunity to play. People have started developing a view of him as being a classy player. If he scores in England as well, he will prove that he is a top-class player because England is a tough place to score runs,” Salman Butt said in his YouTube video.
“He has debuted at 30. The maturity that he has gained by playing years of domestic cricket is visible in his batting. There are many other talented Indian batsmen who are playing fearless cricket but Suryakumar Yadav is proving to be a lot more mature.
“Maybe that is because of the amount of domestic cricket he has played. Most batsmen are at their peak at the age at which Suryakumar Yadav has made his debut.”
I think Suryakumar will score big hundreds: Salman Butt
Salman Butt further talked about the attacking yet riskless approach which Yadav has adopted where he scores the runs at a quick rate but also doesn’t put his wicket at any risk.
The 36-year-old Pakistani reckoned Yadav, when given an opportunity to play longer innings, will notch up big hundreds.
“The risk factor in his shots is less. The speciality of a top-class player is that he maintains a good strike rate and it doesn’t seem like he is taking too many risks to maintain it. There is a lot of calmness in Suryakumar Yadav’s batting.
“I would love to see him score hundreds. Of course, the T20Is are going on now. But given the kind of batsman he is, I think Suryakumar Yadav will score big hundreds. He is a special talent on display,” he further stated.