Former South Africa pacer Shaun Pollock was effusive in praise for Ishan Kishan And Suryakumar Yadav after both of them hammered the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers in Abu Dhabi in the last league game for Mumbai Indians. While their knocks helped MI win by 42 runs, it wasn’t enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Speaking about Yadav, who had a disappointing season till the SRH game, Shaun Pollock was impressed by Yadav’s ability to find boundaries in all parts of the ground. Yadav showed his class in his 82-run knock off 40 balls, in the innings laced with 13 fours and 3 sixes.
Shaun Pollock observed that Yadav is not a ball-smasher but relies on timing and placement to score his runs.
“The way he went about it was very calculated. It was a great understanding of how you can manipulate the ball, get the ball into certain areas to pick up boundaries. You don’t have to overdo it. It wasn’t bludgeoning,” Shaun Pollock said on Cricbuzz.
I think Kishan is better suited to the first six overs: Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock opined that Kishan is better suited to take down the bowlers during the powerplay and set up a platform for the batters to come next. The left-hander, who had returned to form with a fifty against RR in the previous game, thwacked the SRH bowlers for 84 runs off 32 balls.
“They also got the job of Ishan Kishan right. I think he is better suited to the first six overs where he goes at the ball, if he makes a mistake it still clears the field and he can go on in his merry way,” added the former Mumbai Indians seamer.
Shaun Pollock, though, also wondered whether both of them will get a place in India’s eleven at the T20 World Cup.
“It’s great news for India that they got runs but do any of these two play? Where do they play?” thought Pollock.
While Yadav is a lock in the middle-order, Kishan’s place is far from confirmed with KL Rahul also attaining supreme form in the IPL.
India will take on Pakistan in their opening encounter on October 24 in Dubai. They will then meet New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two other teams who will qualify from Round 1 in the Super 12 stage.