Team Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav has been in top-notch form in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The right-handed batsman is third on the list of the leading run scorers in the tournament, just behind Virat Kohli and Max O’Dowd. The Men in Blue wanted to see him excel when India face England in the second semi-final at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 10.
The middle-order batter has scored runs in every corner of the park with his 360-degree approach. He scored 61 runs off 25 balls against Zimbabwe with his trademark scoops and mesmerizing lofted shots, including six fours and four sixes, at a staggering strike rate of 244.
If You Want To Bat In Middle-Order Then He Is The Prime Example – Shoaib Malik
The veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik was impressed with Suryakumar’s dynamic approach, and he made a funny comparison between the batter and a well-prepared school kid.
“He is that student who has done all his homework, is fully prepared. And when the teacher asks if all the assigned work has been done, he proudly says yes. If you want to bat in the middle order, then he is the prime example. This is also a good lesson for others.”
“When the fielder is called in, he starts targeting those gaps. He knows that he won’t be able to hit four consecutive sixes, thus he utilises his shot selection effectively. We have seen his interview as well, he has practiced a lot and this proves practice makes a man perfect,” the former Pakistan captain noted in an interaction on A Sports.
Suryakumar Yadav has been in excellent form this year, with nine half-centuries and a maiden T20I century against England in June. The batter scored 1026 runs in 28 matches with a stunning strike rate of 186.54 and has smashed 59 sixes this year so far.
Since making his debut in March 2021, the 32-year-old has played 39 matches and scored 1270 runs at an average of 42.23. In the ongoing T20 World Cup, he is the third-leading scorer. He has scored 225 runs from five innings with an average of 75 and an incredible strike rate of 193.96, including three half-centuries.