Former Pakistan National Cricket Team leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has lavished ultimate praise on the No.1 ranked T20I batter, Suryakumar Yadav, saying that he has already outshined legendary batters AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle and they would look pale in front of him.
India’s Mr. 360 Suryakumar played a spectacular knock in the series decider 3rd T20I against the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday, January 7.
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He smashed the Sri Lanka bowlers all over the park and notched up his third T20I ton off 45 balls. Suryakumar Yadav hit 112* runs off 51 balls, including 7 fours and 9 sixes, to help Team India post a mammoth 228/5 on the board while batting first. Notably, Suryakumar became the first-ever non-opener to smash 3 T20I Centuries.
Many compare Suryakumar with the legendary South African batter AB de Villiers due to his astonishing shot-making ability. However, Danish Kaneria said that the 32-year-old is the “new Universe Boss”, a title that is usually used to describe legendary West Indies batter, Chris Gayle.
“The new Universe Boss is Suryakumar Yadav-the beast. Now what can I tell about this lad, even before I have said that a player like Suryakumar comes once in a lifetime. The innings which he played today, scoring 112 off 51, no one can replicate that,” Kaneria said, as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“You can speak about ABD, Chris Gayle but even these two look pale in front of Surya. He has already eclipsed them and has taken T20 cricket to a whole new level,” he added.
The only thing he will have to concentrate on is his consistency – AB de Villiers on Suryakumar Yadav
Earlier, De Villiers had said that the comparisons between him and Suryakumar are legitimate. He added that the star India middle-order batter needs to focus on his consistency to get into the “golden books of cricket players”.
“Yes, they are [right in comparing Suryakumar with me]. The only thing he will have to concentrate on is his consistency,” de Villiers had said.
“He will have to do this for five to ten years and then he will find himself in the golden books of cricket players.
“Any player that gets into form… I think of quite a few guys who really start playing at the peak of their powers, that makes me very excited. Each sportsman for that matter, it’s beautiful to watch when they are really free and having fun out there. Great to watch Surya play the way he is playing now.”