IND vs ENG: “To play with that consistency at that pace, you’re going to fail every now and then” – Michael Atherton on Suryakumar Yadav’s risky style of play


Michael Atherton, a former England captain, thinks Suryakumar Yadav is more likely than the others to have a disastrous day with the bat due to his risky playing style.

The T20I’s No. 1 batter hasn’t made a mistake in a while, scoring over 1000 runs in 2022 at an incredible strike rate.

The Mumbai-born batter’s most recent poor performance was against Pakistan in the opening game of the Super 12 stage. His most recent fifty, a mind-boggling 61 runs from 25 deliveries against Zimbabwe, was the third of three fifties he has made in four innings since then.

Suryakumar Yadav. PC-Getty

Suryakumar Yadav has been very consistent, but he might just be having a bad day: Michael Atherton

Atherton recognized Suryakumar Yadav’s undeniable talent while also highlighting the risk involved in the strategy. The former captain told Sky Sports Cricket:

“With his average of 42 and a strike of 180, he has an edge over anyone else. But to play with that consistency at that pace you will occasionally fail. I know he has been very consistent, but maybe he has just having a bad day.”

The feats of the right-handed batter have lit up the T20 World Cup. Taking the Super 12 stage into account, he scores only fewer runs than Virat Kohli overall in the competition.

Suryakumar Yadav.  PC-ICC
Suryakumar Yadav. PC-ICC

Both captains and players have something special to offer at the Adelaide Oval. Despite having a real hitting surface, it is significantly smaller than other facilities in the country.

Australian terrains often have longer straight boundaries and wider square boundaries, but the Adelaide site has a true oval design.

Adelaide would play Suryakumar Yadav’s strengths

According to Atherton, the shorter square boundaries will benefit Suryakumar.

“Adelaide has short square boundaries and the power of SKY is to cut it behind the point or flip it behind the square. So you would think the ground would play to its strengths.”

Atherton continued:

“Suryakumar Yadav is rightly the number one T20 cricketer in the world right now. There are more established names out there like Kohli, Rohit and KL Rahul, but I think he’s the one the English bowlers will think of most before the match.”

Suryakumar Yadav.  PC-Getty-ICC
Suryakumar Yadav. PC-Getty-ICC

Suryakumar’s 2021 T20I debut against England was fascinating. Even though he didn’t bat in his first game for the country, he made a strong first impression hitting Jofra Archer for a first-ball six in his debut innings.

On Thursday, November 10, India and England will play the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Adelaide Oval.

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