Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja was effusive in his praise for India’s new ‘great find’, Suryakumar Yadav, who has taken international cricket by storm.
The right-hander smashed a fifty in his maiden international innings earlier this year against England and has carried that form into the Sri Lanka tour.
In the first T20I on Sunday, Suryakumar Yadav’s valiant knock of 50 runs off 34 balls, laced with five fours and a couple of maximums, was largely impressive considering the two-paced nature of the pitch; he attacked the hosts’ bowlers in the middle-overs, providing impetus in that stage the Indian team had previously lacked.
Ramiz Raja showered praises for the range which the 30-year-old Indian batsman has in his arsenal.
“Suryakumar Yadav played a brilliant innings. It doesn’t seem that he is playing his first season for India because he has almost instantly announced himself on the international stage. To bat with a certain tempo and to improvise without taking risks is really difficult. Be it a slower bowl, or a Yorker or a bouncer – nothing can harm him as he has a lot of options to attack,” Ramiz Raja said in his YouTube video.
Suryakumar Yadav is temperamentally strong: Ramiz Raja
The 58-year-old commentator was also impressed by the temperament of Suryakumar Yadav. He came into bat at 51/2 in the 7th over and showed his intent straightaway by playing attacking shots, but without taking any huge amount of risk.
Ramiz Raja hailed the Mumbai batsman’s consistency in the last few years as he has been plundering runs in all levels of the game.
Suryakumar Yadav has been rewarded with a Test call-up to England.
“He is temperamentally strong. He scored a fifty off 34 balls which isn’t easy at all, especially when the conditions are tough to bat on. He played a top-quality innings. He has consistency as well. To maintain consistency in white-ball cricket is very tough because you need to take chances.
“Suryakumar takes chances with lesser risk. He has an array of shots – he smashes out of the park for a six and also plays grounded shots. He is surely a great find,” the former batsman concluded.