Salman Butt: Suryakumar Yadav Will Score Big Hundreds
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Suryakumar Yadav Will Score Big Hundreds: Salman Butt

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

Salman Butt, former tainted Pakistan skipper batsman has predicted that in-form Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav will score big centuries in international cricket. Salman Butt described Suryakumar Yadav as a top-class player, who scores at a quick pace without taking too many risks.

Following a long wait, Suryakumar Yadav has made an excellent start to his international career. He was the Player of the Series in the ODIs against Sri Lanka and scored a half-century in India’s win in the first T20I as well.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Salman Butt: Suryakumar Yadav Will Score Big Hundreds

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt stated that Suryakumar Yadav is a special talent, who has the ability to score big hundreds. He stated that the batsman’s shot selection is good and he has excellent wrist work.

“From what I have seen of Suryakumar Yadav, he has excellent wrist work. His shot selection is really good. Even when he plays the big shots, he targets the gaps. Suryakumar Yadav is a very sensible player and reads the spinners very well.

“Of all the Indian batsmen in Sri Lanka, he has played the slow bowlers, including mystery spinners who are difficult to pick, in the best manner. He has a great range of shots and is classy as well. It doesn’t seem like he is trying to hit the ball too hard and there is a lot of fluency in his strokes.”

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt praised Suryakumar Yadav and said he would love to see him score hundreds.

“The risk factor in his shots is less. The speciality of a top-class player is that he maintains a good strike rate and it doesn’t seem like he is taking too many risks to maintain it. There is a lot of calmness in Suryakumar Yadav’s batting.

“I would love to see him score hundreds. Of course, the T20Is are going on now. But given the kind of batsman he is, I think Suryakumar Yadav will score big hundreds. He is a special talent on display.”

With injuries to key players in the Indian camp in England, the BCCI has decided to send Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to the UK as replacements for injured batsman Shubman Gill in the Test squad.

Salman Butt: If Suryakumar Yadav Scores Runs In Tests In England It Will Prove That He Is A Top Class Player

Analyzing the move, Salman Butt said that it is a great chance for Suryakumar Yadav to make his mark under challenging conditions.

“Suryakumar Yadav has a huge opportunity to make a mark in England if he gets an opportunity to play. People have started developing a view of him as being a classy player. If he scores in England as well, he will prove that he is a top-class player because England is a tough place to score runs.”

Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)
Suryakumar Yadav (Photo | AP)

Describing Suryakumar Yadav as a mature cricketer owing to his first-class experience, Salman Butt explained that the maturity he gained by playing several years of domestic cricket is evident in his batting prowess.

“He has debuted at 30. The maturity that he has gained by playing years of domestic cricket is visible in his batting. There are many other talented Indian batsmen who are playing fearless cricket but Suryakumar Yadav is proving to be a lot more mature. Maybe that is because of the amount of domestic cricket he has played. Most batsmen are at their peak at the age at which Suryakumar Yadav has made his debut.”

Asked to open the batting, Suryakumar Yadav excelled in his role for Mumbai Indians and scored over 500 runs in IPL 2018, including four fifties. In 2019, he amassed 424 runs to be MI’s second-highest run-getter. He outperformed himself in the 2020 season scoring 480 runs at a strike rate of 145 and went on to make his T20 International debut later for India. He managed 173 runs in IPL 2021 averaging 24.71 in 7 games before the suspension of the league.

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