AB de Villiers ushered in a new era, he used his athleticism, coupled with fearlessness and sheer talent to carve a batting niche for himself. The phrase “360 striker” was invented to symbolize the ways he batted on all sides of the field, opening vistas for hitters that did not appear to exist previously. So, you must be special if someone says you remind the former Australian great Ricky Ponting of de Villiers.
It is Surya Kumar Yadav. 360-degree batter with powerful swing Surya Kumar Yadav possesses all of the strokes, some of which are not found in any book other than the one authored by AB de Villiers.
Surya Kumar uses a variety of offensive techniques, similar to de Villiers, including power shots, ramps, inside-out strokes, lofts, scoops, pulls, sweeps, and backward sweeps. He is most likely the finest T20 batsman in cricket right now when he is in form. He is ranked 2nd in the ICC T20I rankings, a few points below Pakistan batsman Mohammad Rizwan. Surya Kumar, who got his India debut in 2021 at the age of 30, has experienced a stunning and rapid breakthrough after spending many years wondering why he was not selected to represent India while having consistently strong regional performance.
He was questioned about his first experience with the Mumbai dressing room during an interview, to which he replied that “That day, I was a bit late. I then turned to see where I could sit. It was crowded to the capacity. I warmed up before going to bat in the nets, but when it was my turn, I wanted to adjust, so I had to put on my helmet and gloves. In the changing area, Sir Tendulkar was seated right beside the Ganesh sculpture. He stated: “You can sit there if you take that chair. Here, there is space.” I nodded. I simply wanted to sit down, put on my protective gear, and bat in the nets for the very first times. I was overjoyed. And I continue to sit there whenever I use the changing room even nowadays.
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Continuing with his debut story he told that “Shastri reached me that day of the game and said, “Perform as you normally perform, don’t stress a lot, and attack, First punch dena unko”. Sure, sir, I’ll attempt to attain that, I replied”. On that day of the match, hearing that was incredibly inspiring. It was in the evening, so I’m not sure how it would have affected me if he had mentioned me before the match. He approached me while I was eating brunch and announced that I would be performing today. Whoa, I thought, “This is the moment I have been looking forward to.
When he was asked about the whole situation in detail, he told that; My wife and I were eating lunch. You phone is ringing, she says. As soon as I answered it was Shastri asking, “Come down; I’m resting by the poolside.” I began to have the thought, “Boss, there this is definitely going to be a good news.” He told me, “You will play today,” when I arrived. Everything he said in the following 2 to 3 minutes was unclear to me since I was still wondering, “What!? Today marks my debut!” Just have fun, be courageous, and convey yourself, he said.
That day, I was eager to land on the field. I came back to my room, telling everything that happened down there and She literally rushed joyfully onto me. While riding in the team bus, I made a phone call to my mother. It was the second or third game in the tournament, so they weren’t prepared for it. When the series was decided, they anticipated that I may have a chance. Dad arrived home earlier from work that day, and he was overjoyed.
I told myself that since” I was having my debut at the age of 30, I shouldn’t be planning ahead for my next chance or what I’ll be pursuing. I had previously been participating in the IPL for eight to ten years now, so I was familiar with the high-stress setting. All I had to do was be genuine and follow my beliefs. I had a clear vision. You’ll notice that I practically rushed toward the field as Rohit stepped out, that’s how happy I was. I really longed to bat in that India jersey out there”.
He struck a six on his first ball to Jofra Archer. Archer later told that “He [Suryakumar] is playing his first game, so let me deliver a solid length, short ball, I was thinking in the back of my mind. I was therefore somewhat predetermined. What would have unfolded if he had thrown a yorker?”. He continued, “I was prepared for that ball, but not for that stroke.”
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For the next ball to be delivered Yadav described; “I was aware of his exceptional bowling speed, but I wasn’t prepared for it to come from the Abu Dhabi ground where we were competing. After getting struck, I had the thought that since I had some time before the next delivery, “I must do anything very distinctive on the coming delivery.” No matter even if I depart on this delivery, but I still need to take action. He needs to know that I’m also here for some serious business, boss.
I had never used that shot before—the reverse scoop. In a practice game that season, I gave it a go 2 or 3 instances, but it didn’t pan out. Nevertheless, I thought, “This is the platform; let me give it a chance.” Since I knew how far it had to travel to touch my bat, I didn’t even turn around when it did so. It was a fine shot, and I was so pleased to make that attempt. Later, in his first 3 T20 innings, he scored two fifty-scores, and the year following that, he scored 117 off 55 in a match when India lost to England by a huge 215 runs.