Former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan lavished rich praise on batter Suryakumar Yadav for his heroics in the T20Is. Zaheer said that if anyone is close to AB de Villiers’ 360-degree tag it’s him as the kind of shots he has sets him apart.
Suryakumar Yadav, who is currently the No.1 ranked T20I batter, has exhibited his class yet again in the shortest format of the game. The batter has been in the golden touch in the ongoing T20I series against Australia and is one of the main reasons why India is leading the series 2-1.
Suryakumar Yadav started the series with a whirlwind 80-run knock that helped India secure a comfortable win. He played a brutal cameo of 19 runs in the second game and then followed it up with a 39-run knock in the third game in Guwahati. In the three innings, he has scored 138 runs at a massive strike rate.
Zaheer Khan believes that Suryakumar Yadav is the most deserving player for the Mr. 360-degree tag. Zaheer highlighted the kind of shots he played. Speaking to Cricbuzz, he said:
“He (Suryakumar) is certainly the most deserving of the lot right now, from whatever are seeing of players going around right now. He has tried to replicate that, isn’t it? You have seen those sixes over point and those shots to third man, those ramp shots, and those shots to the fine leg area.
“All those kind of aspects, he is certainly the most deserving candidate when it comes to AB de Villiers’ 360-degree tag.”
IND vs AUS: Every time we have seen him, he comes in with that flare and a clear mindset – Parthiv Patel on Suryakumar Yadav
Parthiv Patel, who was also present during the discussion, also lavished rich praise on Suryakumar Yadav. Parthiv stated that his gigantic average and strike rate makes him even more special. He explained:
“That is the reason why we have been talking about how important player Suryakumar Yadav is in this format. The average of 51 with a strike rate of 179, and that too in middle-overs, where there is no powerplay. That makes him even more special. Every time we have seen him, he comes in with that flare and a clear mindset.”
Suryakumar Yadav is arguably one of the best batters in T20 cricket. He has scored 1326 runs from 34 innings at an average of 51.00 and a strike rate of 179.18. He’s currently captaining India in the T20I series against Australia and will be next seen in action when 4th game takes place in Raipur on Friday (1st December).