Pakistan veteran keeper-batsman Kamran Akmal heaped praises on Suryakumar Yadav for playing a mature knock in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo. India sealed the three-match ODI series on Tuesday, chasing an imposing 276 even after losing seven wickets. Kamran Akmal stated that Yadav showed the level of maturity expected from an experienced batsman.
Suryakumar Yadav, who made his T20I debut earlier this year in England, showed his mettle in his first ODI appearance too. The 31-year old scored an attractive 31 off 20 deliveries, while he made an impressive 53 off 44 balls in India’s three-wicket win over Sri Lanka. Later, Deepak Chahar followed it up with a fifty of his own to take the visitors home.
Kamran Akmal underlined that Suryakumar Yadav showed the maturity of a player, who has played 70-80 ODIs, showing his vast experience in domestic cricket. The 39-year old highlighted his authoritative play before his stay finished on an unfortunate note as Lakshan Sandakan pinned him LBW.
“The way Suryakumar Yadav batted, it was unbelievable. He showed the maturity and composure of a 70-80 ODI matches player. His vast experience of playing domestic cricket augured well for him. He played authoritatively during his stay at the crease but unfortunately got LBW at a crucial moment,” Akmal said on his Youtube channel.
India played very well on this tour, especially in the second ODI: Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal hailed India for winning with a young team and a new coaching staff, revealing it’s not an easy thing to do. Akmal also acknowledged India’s efforts for winning from a dire situation of 160-6, chasing 276 for victory.
“Credit to the Indian team. To win on the Sri Lankan soil with the young team and new coaching staff is a commendable job. Also, they did it against the regular side of the home team, which is not an easy task. India played very well on this tour, especially in the second ODI. Even after losing six wickets at just 160, they still managed to win the game from that dire situation,” he added.