IND vs NZ: “He’s The Best Batsman I’ve Ever Seen” – James Neesham Recalls Trent Boult’s Remark On Suryakumar Yadav At Mumbai Indians Nets

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

The 32-year-old New Zealand National Cricket Team all-rounder James Neesham has recalled the remark made by the premier left-arm pacer Trent Boult on the star middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav in the nets of Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when they were a part of the same team.

Suryakumar is currently at the No.1 position in the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings and he is unarguably one of the best T20 batters in the world. He recently won the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2022 award for his exceptional performance with the bat.

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In 44 T20I innings, the 32-year-old batter has slammed 1625 runs at an amazing average of 46.42 and an outstanding strike rate of 178.76, including 3 tons and 13 fifties.

Trent Boult
Trent Boult. (Photo: Twitter)

In the T20I series opener against New Zealand in Ranchi, the star batter fell just 3 runs short of a fifty and his dismissal was the turning point of the match as the BlackCaps then went on to seal the win by 21 runs.

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Talking about Suryakumar, Neesham said that he is the best T20 batter in the world at the moment.

“He’s head and shoulders the best T20 batter in the world currently,” he said on Star Sports.

The all-rounder further recalled Boult’s remark on Suryakumar and said that the premier left-arm pacer was stunned to see the batter in the nets and labelled him as the best batsman ever.

“I look back to two years ago when I joined the Mumbai Indians camp. After the first training, Trent Boult turned towards me and says ‘Look at this guy. He’s the best batsman I’ve ever seen’.”

To make a comment on a team that has Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Kieron Pollard is a big statement – James Neesham

James Neesham
James Neesham. Credits: Twitter

Neesham added that Boult’s remark on Suryakumar was quite a big statement because Mumbai Indians (MI) at that time had the likes of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in the team.

The Kiwi all-rounder further hailed the No.1 ranked T20I batter for his stellar century in the T20I against New Zealand at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui last year.

“To make a comment on a team that has Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Kieron Pollard is a big statement. He’s gone from strength to strength. His innings against us at Mt Maunganui was absolutely fantastic. The best piece of power-hitting I have seen. He’s a 360 player. No matter what plan you come up with, he does the opposite. He reminds me a lot of AB de Villiers in his prime,” Neesham said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

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