Suryakumar Yadav, who is fast, has been called a 360° batsman by many. Now a former cricketer of South Africa compared Surya with a legendary batsman of that country.
Dale Steyn said Suryakumar Yadav can become India’s AB de Villiers. Commenting on the recently concluded India-South Africa ODI series, former South African fast bowler Steyn told the broadcaster, “Suryakumar can stroke 360 degrees across the wicket. He reminds me of de Villiers. Surya can become India’s de Villiers. And whatever. In rhythm, will have to keep an eye on him in the World Cup.”
Praises from Steyn
Steyn also feels that Australia’s bouncy pitch will help Surya’s stroke play. Explains the one-time world’s best fast bowler, “Surya plays shots using the speed of the ball. He likes to send the ball toward the back of the square. Perth and Melbourne pitches have a bit more pace. That will be an advantage for him.” Adds, “That’s why he can use the speed of the ball to play shots through the fine leg or behind square. Moreover, Surya is also very good at playing shots on the back foot from a standing position.”
India begins their T20 World Cup campaign with a match against Pakistan in Melbourne on October 23. Earlier, Steyn reminded, “Surya can hit great cover drives on the back foot and front foot. He can be called a complete all-around cricketer. Australian pitches are generally very good. Batsmen can play good strokes there.”
Explaining why Australia’s batsmen will have an advantage, Steyn said, “Even if the bowlers bowl a full-pitched ball, runs can still be scored. There are a lot of opportunities to send the ball into the gap.”
On the one hand, when Steyn is praising Suryakumar, another former fast bowler Brett Lee has raised questions about India’s World Cup team selection. Lee criticized Umran Malik for not being included in the T20 World Cup squad.
Former Australian fast bowler Lee said, “I know, Umran is inexperienced, he is young. But one thing has to be kept in mind, he bowls at 150 km per hour. He should be included. Should have been taken to Australia. Where the ball flies in front of the face.” “There is a difference between a 140kmph bowler and a 150kmph bowler,” he added.
Lee himself was famous for his fast bowling. In IPL, Umran grabbed attention by bowling at a speed of 150 km. Legendary cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar showered Umran with praise. Lee also said, “If you have the best car, would you keep that car in the garage? So what’s the point of having that car? Umran should have been in the World Cup team.”
Akram is warning Bhuvneshwar as the speed is low
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be seen handling the Indian bowling attack with the new ball in the World Cup. Wasim Akram warns that Bhuvneshwar. The former Pakistan left-arm pacer feels that Bhuvi will face problems in the Australian field as the speed is low.