- Suryakumar Yadav has earned a lot of praise for his batting in his first T20I match
- Former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja, after Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammad Kaid, lauds the talented batsman
Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja has praised the Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav who played a fantastic inning in the first T20I against Sri Lanka on Sunday. The Mumbai-based batsman scored his second fifty in the shortest format of the game which came in just 33 balls before losing his wicket to Dushmantha Chameera in the 16th over of the match.
Suryakumar’s innings was laced with a couple of maximums and five boundaries.
As Indian saw 2 wickets returning to the dressing room very early in the innings, Suryakumar teamed up with skipper Shikhar Dhawan to put the foot on the accelerator for the Indian innings with a 62 run-stand for the third wicket.
The visitors set a 165-run target, however, the hosts were bowled out for 126 in 18.3 overs.
India won the game by 38 runs and now leads the series 1-0.
Impressed with the knock from Suryakumar, Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan and former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif praised the talented player.
Even the former Pakistani cricketer hailed the batting ability of Suryakumar Yadav as he kept playing fearlessly despite conditions being tough for batting.
In his latest YouTube video, the former cricket said, “Suryakumar Yadav played a brilliant innings. It doesn’t seem that he is playing his first season for India because he has almost instantly announced himself on the international stage.
“To bat with a certain tempo and to improvise without taking risks is really difficult. Be it a slower bowl, or a Yorker or a bouncer – nothing can harm him as he has a lot of options to attack.”
Raja also spoke about Suryakumar’s temperament and praised him for playing different shots to nullify the opposition’s bowling attack, adding, “He is temperamentally strong. He scored a fifty off 34 balls which isn’t easy at all, especially when the conditions are tough to bat on.
“He played a top-quality innings. He has consistency as well. To maintain consistency in white-ball cricket is very tough because you need to take chances”.
‘Suryakumar takes chances with lesser risk. He has an array of shots – he smashes out of the park for a six and also plays grounded shots. He is surely a great find,” Raja further added.
Watch the video here: