New Delhi, 24 November (IANS) 2022 has been a year in which Suryakumar Yadav’s fan club has seen many additions, thanks to 360-degree stroke play and stunning shots produced by the right-handed hitter to be the point guard . getter in T20Is this year.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who recently broke his leg in a freak accident, is the latest addition to Suryakumar’s list of admirers, calling him “a hitter from another planet”.
Maxwell was expressing his admiration for Suryakumar, citing his 111-on-51-ball run, which gave India a 65-run victory over New Zealand, in an inning in which the rest of the visitors’ batters made 69 runs on as many balls, and was called by Virat Kohli a “video game inning”.
“I saw the dash (Mount Maunganui T20I) from the first run. I captured it and sent it straight to Finchy [Aaron Finch] and I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ This guy is knocking on another planet. I said, ‘Look at everyone’s scores and look at this guy, it’s 111 out of 50! What’s going on?’.’
‘So the next day I watched the full replay on Kayo [a video streaming app] and watched all the innings and the embarrassing thing is he’s so much better than everyone else. It’s almost hard to watch. Nobody we have comes close to that; nobody else has come close to that,’ Maxwell said on The Grade Cricketer podcast.
On a slow pitch where nearly every batter struggled to time the ball, Suryakumar, the top-ranked T20I hitter, hit 11 fours and seven sixes parkwide at a 217.65 strike rate to get his second century T20I.
From 57 from 35 balls late in the 16th, Suryakumar hit 54 carries from his last 16 balls to propel India to a tough 191/6. Eventually the bowlers came to the party to beat New Zealand for 126 all outs in 18.5 overs.
“Suryakumar Yadav does it in such a weird and ungainly way where he hits the middle of the bat, just like crossing, deciding to sweep someone who is playing 145 (kph) from the wicket on the other side. “
“And then you just have to duck your head while walking chewing gum, a tapping mitt, a bat tapping, some kind of swagger and it’s off again and it does it again.”
“He plays some of the most ridiculous shots I’ve ever seen and he does it stupidly consistently. It’s actually kind of hard to watch because everyone looks so much worse not being able to do it,’ Maxwell said.
Suryakumar is currently the biggest run-getter in T20I this year with 1164 runs in 31 games, with an average of 46.56 and a success rate of 187.43. He also lit up the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, racking up 239 runs over six innings at a 189.68 strike rate, often changing the tempo of the innings.
Many of his runs, according to Maxwell, are due to his flexible wrists and quick hands allowing him to cross the line anywhere in the stadium. “He plays so well on the pitch and his wrist and hand speed is so quick that he’s able to make a last-minute adjustment, a last-second adjustment to make sure he can put the ball in. in a space.”
“The way he plays the spin, the way he hits it from cover, he knocks down really well, he sweeps hard and he’s still able to hit the ball hard on the ground. To have that ability to hit the ball around the ground but so powerfully everywhere. He is so good,” he added.
Maxwell signed on as he praised Suryakumar’s 40-ball 68 against South Africa in the T20 World Cup Super 12 game in Perth. “The innings he played in Perth were one of the most ridiculous innings I have ever seen, having beaten there a few days before. Especially for an Indian to hit like that in those conditions and have that much success is just amazing.
Suryakumar will next be seen in action when India play the ODI series opener against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday.
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