Mark Waugh on Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar Yadav performed brilliantly in India’s second ODI against Australia on September 24. He fired fours and sixes all around the ground. His innings made the Australian bowlers sweat. Known as “Mr 360”, Surya showed Australia the stars during the day. He scored an unbeaten 72 off just 37 balls, helping India post 399 in 50 overs, which is now their highest ODI score against Australia. Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh was very impressed by Surya’s innings. Waugh admitted that when Suryakumar Yadav is at the crease, it becomes difficult for the opposition captain to decide the right fielding.
Speaking on Geo Cinema about the Indian batsman’s explosive innings, Waugh heaped praise on Surya. He said, “I was amazed by Maidan’s amazing ability to hit in every direction. He covered the entire field. Suryakumar highlighted what a capable player he is.” Waugh added, “He (Surya) is completely different and a unique batsman for Team India. I have never seen a player of any team hit the ball in the same area where he hits the ball. His real skill is to hit the ball where there is no fielder. It sounds simple but is very difficult to do. He always plays with the thoughts in the bowler’s head so he knows where the field is. He can handle all that and find the gaps and hit them.”
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Former India player Abhishek Nair was also impressed by Suryakumar Yadav’s batting in the ODI in Indore. According to Nair, the conditions at the Holkar Stadium proved to be a boon for Surya. He had already set the stage in his head for a big score with less than 10 overs to spare. He came to the crease as the number six batsman, ticked all the boxes for Team India.”
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Since making his ODI debut in 2021, Suryakumar Yadav has struggled to bring his form here in the T20 format in 50-over cricket. Before the Australia series, Surya toured Sri Lanka as part of India’s Asia Cup squad. He scored 26 off 34 balls in the last Super-4 match against Bangladesh. The 33-year-old now understands the dynamics of ODI cricket. He scored his fourth ODI fifty in 49 balls in the opening match against Australia. India’s third ODI of this series will be played in Rajkot on September 27.