All Eyes on SKY as India Eye Series Win over New Zealand in Ranchi!
A new era in Indian cricket under the tutelage of Rahul Dravid got off to a fine start as India got the better of New Zealand in Jaipur. While Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma walked away with the plaudits, Suryakumar Yadav also played a fine knock to ensure India didn't face any hiccups in the middle overs.
Suryakumar Yadav has been a sensational find for Indian cricket with the right-hander scoring runs for fun. There isn't a glaring weakness in his game play with his range of shots being world-class. With India looking to build towards the next World Cup, Rohit and Rahul Dravid will be keen to finalize their squads as soon as possible.
One key concern they will have to address, in the short and long run, is the middle-overs, where our man Suryakumar Yadav comes into play. To get a better idea of how SKY operates, here's some much-needed insight to get yourself going in the Sixer Market!
SKY is the Limit - Match Score Average of 69.75 in T20I for Surya!
Middle-overs batting is underrated in this T20 format. Most of the successful teams rely on a good middle overs phase to either set their team for a big total or regain lost momentum. With spinners likely to bowl most of their overs in this phase, a spin-enforcer is crucial.
While India have relied on Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina for this in the past, the onus is on Suryakumar Yadav in this Indian set-up. Like Yuvraj, Surya is a great player of both pace and spin and rarely is troubled by variations. This can be seen in his short yet sweet T20I career so far, which has seen him score three fifties in seven T20I innings.
Although Suryakumar's batting position is still up in the air, he continues to plunder runs like no other middle order batter for India. However, most of SKY's success has come in the Indian subcontinent and in the UAE. He is yet to be tested in foreign conditions, something that may come back to bite the Indians.
But SKY has the range to go hand-in-hand with his intent. Suryakumar Yadav is a good player square of the wicket and relies on his pull shot more often than not against the pacers. Who can forget his sensational six against Archer on his T20I debut?
Not everything is rosy for Surya though. He isn't a particularly great player straight down the ground, an area he will need to work upon. But the first glimpses of the star right-hander in this format are promising. So promising that even Virat Kohli is being talked of batting at four, to accommodate Surya at three.
All of us witnessed what Surya is capable of in the top-order as he scored a fifty against New Zealand in Jaipur. But can he sustain the same form and solidify his spot in the Indian top-order? Only time will tell!