Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

Suryakumar Yadav might be the difference-maker for India in the next T20 World Cup 2022, which begins on October 16. His performance against Western Australian bowlers on a quick wicket like the one in Perth demonstrated how important his form will be to India’s victory. He ultimately scored a fantastic fifty and contributed to India posting a decent 158 runs. 

Because of this, veteran cricket players are already praising him; some of them, including former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn, have predicted that he would soon be “Ab de Villiers of India.”

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

Dale Steyn Optimistic About Suryakumar Yadav’s Performance In Australia

According to Steyn, SKY loves to utilise the ball’s speed and the circumstances in Australia are ideal for his abilities. 

“He’s the kind of player that likes to use the pace of the ball. He likes to get in behind the square. In places like Perth, Melbourne, all of these grounds, there is a little bit of extra pace on it. So, you can use the pace, you can hit on fine leg, behind and all along the carpet.

And he’s also really good when standing still and getting off the back foot. So, he’s an all-round player, and it’s in Australia, where the wickets are so good, they are batter friendly,” he told Star Sports. 

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

Suryakumar Yadav has the ability to play in all directions, which gives him more possibilities to score than most other players. Steyn agreed with this statement. 

“You can also get away when a bowler tries to bowl full, you can place the ball left and you can use the pace of the ball really well, given some room. So, he is a wonderful 360 degree player, and reminds me of AB de Villiers.

He could be India’s version of AB de Villiers and with the red hot form that he’s in right now, he’s a player to definitely watch out for this World Cup.” 

Suryakumar Yadav Continues Red-Hot Form

In their first exhibition game before to the T20 World Cup on Monday, the Indian squad produced a strong performance against the Western Australia Cricket Association XI, defeating the hosts by 13 runs. Suryakumar Yadav kept up his strong play. 

As the visitors amassed 158 for six in their allotted 20 overs, the Indian squad, which has been practising at the WACA for the previous three days, sought to get accustomed to the pace and bounce of the surface. 

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Pic Credits: Twitter

WACA XI only managed 145 in their 20 overs as a reply. 

Suryakumar, though, was the star of the Indian innings, scoring 52 runs off only 35 balls as a few hundred spectators cheered on his fluid strokeplay. 

Throughout his innings, he hammered three fours and as many sixes, and never once did it appear as though the speed or bounce of the field would cause trouble for the No. 2 T20I batter in the world.