Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel complimented Suryakumar Yadav’s match-winning innings of 76 against the West Indies in the third T20I on Tuesday, August 2.
The 31-year-old hit some amazing strokes and completely manipulated the field as well as the bowlers’ heads. Patel likened Yadav’s ability to play around the field to that of former South African legend AB de Villiers.
Suryakumar Yadav Is A Hard Batter To Bowl To- Parthiv Patel
When they were both playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the former wicketkeeper shared a dressing room with De Villiers (RCB). Patel revealed to Cricbuzz after the game how Yadav’s approach is similar to that of De Villiers. He stated:
“He (Yadav) executes it (high-risk shots) better than anyone else. In T20 cricket you have to take your chances and you can only take them when you have the kind of confidence in your ability that Suryakumar Yadav has. ‘Whatever you bowl, I will play according to the field, not the bowler.’ This is similar to what AB de Villiers used to do. He is always looking at the ball and coming into the positions very early.”
Patel believes Suryakumar Yadav has the unique ability to strike the identical ball to two different locations on the ground. He believes that when this occurs, bowlers run out of solutions and are dominated when they are not accurate.
“I have a theory that if a player can hit you over fine leg and also over long off and covers then he is the most difficult batter to bowl to. When a batter has a strong leg-side game and can hit you over fine leg or mid-wicket, you bowl outside off to him. But then if he hits you over mid-off or covers, then the margin of error is none. “You can’t err in length and have to be stump-to-stump. So that is the kind of batter Suryakumar Yadav is.”
Surya would hope to carry the same form in the rest of the series.