Suryakumar Yadav is India’s answer to AB de Villiers. The exciting performer has a range of shots. His confidence makes batting look easy. Surya adds his unique touch and stamps his authority over the bowlers. When in form, he goes into beast mode. Interestingly, all his fifties in his T20 career have come in strike rates in excess of 140.
Still thinking about this from Suryakumar Yadav 🤩pic.twitter.com/n52AbbnHwG
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 7, 2022
An all-out attack by the dashing batter has made him a fearful prospect to the bowlers. What is the Surya factor that is keeping him high? We see the passion in his shots. In that way, he reminds a cricket lover of Steve Smith, an unorthodox master from Aussies. It is the hunger and excitement that are his trademark.
Say hello to the ICC Men's No. 1⃣ T20I Batter! 👋 🔝
Congratulations, @surya_14kumar. 👏 👏#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vKLbeaQCft
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 2, 2022
In the ICC T20 World Cup, the Mumbai batter smashed 225 runs, with two vital fifties. The 32-year-old has achieved a unique feat. He is second in the World Cup run charts, 21 behind Virat Kohli.
Suryakumar Yadav is setting new benchmarks
The super talent entered the Indian team in his early thirties. His first scoring shot was a brave flick off Jofra Archer, the England speedster who is presently injured. In around 2 years, Surya has become the No.1 batter in T20Is. He has achieved that in a star-studded lineup that had Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul.
Another good outing 🇮🇳✌️ pic.twitter.com/8WfJiEPnh2
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) October 27, 2022
India now has a big four on the team. After Yuvraj Singh’s void, the 2011 World Cup winners searched a lot for a new replacement. Suryakumar Yadav entered the picture, and there was no turning back.
In his career, SKY has already played many match-winning knocks, including the recent one against Zimbabwe. However, his valiant 68 against South Africa and 127 versus England stand tall as Surya fired when the rest of them all failed. These knocks came in bowling-friendly conditions.
SKY gears up for the semifinal
India will play the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand on Thursday. The job isn’t easy. Notably, the Kiwis have one of the best bowling units. They have the consistency of Boult, the pace of Ferguson, the wicket-taker in Southee, and the accurate Santner, alongside dangerous Ish Sodhi. This makes them a top opponent. Team India would require the star batters, especially Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, to keep up their good work.
𝐑𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨 🇮🇳💪 pic.twitter.com/WFzKOjSJjT
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) October 18, 2022
In his career, Suryakumar Yadav has hardly failed when there was pressure. Fans would hope he continues his super game to take India to the final.