AB De Villiers, Suryakumar-Yadav. PC_ Twitter/ICC
AB-de-Villiers-Suryakumar-Yadav. PC_ Twitter/ICC

Last Update on: April 2nd, 2023 at 03:37 pm

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Harshal Patel made stunning remarks on Suryakumar Yadav, saying that the former South Africa captain AB de Villiers was one step better than the Mumbai Indians batter. Harshal Patel said that his former RCB teammate AB de Villiers would make bowlers bowl where he wanted.

The cricket fraternity drew comparisons between Suryakumar Yadav and AB de Villiers as both batters have the ability to score around the ground with a 360° game. AB De Villiers represented the RCB over the decade  and scored 4491 runs with an average of 41.20 and a strike rate of 158.64 in 156 games, including two centuries and 37 half-centuries.

Also read: IPL 2023: You Were There Last Month – Sunil Gavaskar Takes A Dig At Delhi Capitals’ Skipper David Warner

IPL 2023 | Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy Cricket Tips | Cricket Match Prediction Today | Cricket News | Cricket Live Score

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Harshal Patel praised Suryakumar Yadav and said the team had to execute their plan well to dismiss him early in the innings.

“Someone of Surya’s calibre, who’s in the kind of form that he is in, all you can bank on is your planning and execution. What he does after that is up to him. This is not the first time I have encountered this problem. AB was one step better than Surya, in the sense that he would make you bowl where he wanted,” said Patel.

Also read: IPL 2023: Punjab Skipper Shikhar Dhawan Equals Virat Kohli’s Record In His Opening Game Against KKR

IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Take The Ball On His Body All The Time – Harshal Patel

Patel praised Suryakumar Yadav’s ability to sweep the ball from almost outside the pitch on off-stump. The right-arm pacer said that Surya can take the ball off his body, which is something many players are not comfortable with.

“Surya will sweep you from almost outside the pitch on off stump. Another ability he has is to take the ball on his body all the time. It’s one thing to take the ball on your body and play in front of square but if you are trying to play behind square and if it comes out a little slower or a little faster, it’s going to hit you. And you have to be okay with that. I don’t think many players are,” Patel said.

The Faf du Plessis-led team will begin their campaign in the mega tournament against the Mumbai Indians on April 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, their first match at their home ground since May 2019.

Also read: IPL 2023: There Are A Lot Of Problems – Aakash Chopra On RCB’s Woes Ahead Of Their Opening Game Against Mumbai Indians

Virat Kohli | Rohit Sharma | Rishabh Pant | KL Rahul | Suryakumar Yadav | Sanju Samson | Shreyas Iyer | Yuzvendra Chahal | Jasprit Bumrah