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

Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris believes that Suryakumar Yadav’s ability to hit to any part of the ground makes it hard for the opposition captain to have a set field for his bowlers.

Suryakumar and his uncanny shot-making have taken center stage in the ongoing 5-match T20I series against the West Indies. Opening the batting, he made 76 in 44 balls to help India take a 2-1 lead in the series on Sunday.

It is the thing that I like to talk about the most about Suryakumar Yadav and that is his ability to hit the ball into funny areas. And that makes it incredibly difficult for the opposition captains to have to defend the field.”

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

He can hit 360 degrees. He is not traditional. It is not always over long-on or over long off. It’s really over extra cover, fine leg against pace bowlers, which means that he’s got so many options,” Styris told Sports18.

And when that’s the case, he provides that little X factor in terms of something different to the other batsman around him, doesn’t always have to be left hand right hand. It can be what areas of the ground and what types of bowling you really do succeed against. And that is one of the strengths he has,” he added.

“I am incredibly jealous and envious of India’s issues at the moment” – Scott Styris

India’s bench strength has been well documented quite often but the flexibility is what makes the team so strong. Rishabh Pant was able to open the innings earlier against England and it’s Suryakumar’s turn now.

Well, very good players are usually very good, no matter at what position you put them in. So, no, I am not surprised that he has made a great fist of opening the batting, but what a problem to have. I am incredibly jealous and envious of India’s issues at the moment.”

Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter), Scott Styris
Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)

This is first-world problem. Should he open? Should he be at three? How tough is it for you guys going right now? But yeah, I think you might see some seniority step in here and maybe that means SKY might be down at number four,” he concluded.

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