The T20 World Cup has Suryakumar Yadav rising up as a batter on his first trip to Australia and is proving to be the player with the most impact in the tournament. With a 360-degree game and skill in playing the cut, pick-up off wrists, pull, lofted as well as along-the-ground drives, Suryakumar’s range of strokes has left bowlers wondering what to do.
Rohit Sharma has seen Suryakumar grow as a player and person while playing for Mumbai in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the IPL and he is of the opinion that the right-hander has shown great maturity he entered the international circuit in 2021.
“Although we didn’t have a great World Cup, looking at what he’s done in the entire year from that World Cup onwards, as we say, the sky’s the limit for him. But he’s shown great maturity, as well,” he said as per IANS.
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“He has taken pressure from a lot of the guys the way he plays, and it rubs off on the other side, as well, when they bat around him. We do understand his game pretty well, and we do understand what the bowler is trying to do well when he’s batting. So it’s a collective of everything,” he added while speaking in the pre-match press conference.
India face England in the semis on November 10.
Since Rohit became skipper and Rahul Dravid was appointed coach, Suryakumar has done well in T20Is. Suryakumar is now No. 1 T20I batter and the first Indian to score 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year.
Rohit believes Suryakumar’s fearlessness is coupled with an attitude of not carrying extra baggage no matter what the situation.
“That’s probably his nature. That’s where it comes from. I think he’s the sort of guy who just doesn’t carry any baggages with him — not his suitcase. He’s got a lot of suitcases, honestly speaking. He loves his shopping (laughs). But when it comes to carrying the extra pressure, extra baggages, I don’t think he has that in him. You can see that when he plays. It’s not like he’s played a couple of tournaments like that. He’s been playing like that for a year now, and it shows, and you can judge the kind of character he is, and he likes to play like that. I don’t know if you’ve heard him talk in interviews; he likes to bat in a similar fashion where we were 10 for 2 or 100 for 2. He likes to go out and express himself, and that’s probably the reason he was in the team in the last World Cup,” he went on to say.
“He understands he likes playing on the big ground. He hates playing on small grounds. As he told me once, he doesn’t like the smaller boundaries, smaller grounds. He can’t see the gaps. I believe that he likes to see big gaps, and that’s where his strength is,” he continued.