Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi lavished rich praise on Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav for his innings against Hong Kong. He highlighted how he prepared himself to watch Virat Kohli’s innings but the Mumbaikar stole the limelight and made him become his fan.
“Suryakumar Yadav came in with a license to attack everything,” Shahid Afridi heaps praise on Indian batter
After his poor outing in the match against Pakistan, Suryakumar Yadav grabbed the eyeball of many with his staggering knock against Hong Kong in Dubai. His innings was one of the main reason behind India, claiming a major win against the associate nation.
Coming to bat at No.4, the Indian batter hammered the Hong Kong batters with his sensational stroke play and smashed unbeaten 68 runs in just 26 balls, with 26 coming in the last over of the innings.
While many were prepared for Kohli’s show with the bat, Suryakumar Yadav over shined him with his brilliance and even made the former Indian skipper bow down to him. Notably, the duo also shared an unbeaten 98* runs partnership.
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Speaking on Samaa Tv, Afridi said: “I sat to watch Virat’s batting. He played slowly as he knew the importance of his innings regardless of the opposition. It always gives you confidence if you score runs. So, he was playing accordingly, but when Suryakumar came in… he hit his first ball for four, then the second delivery for another boundary. He came in with a license to attack everything,”
“Suryakumar Yadav entertained the crowd with his superb shots” – Shahid Afridi
Suryakumar Yadav was lauded by many for his performance. He was also awarded Player of the Match for his heroics. Afridi feels that Yadav’s body language was something to look out for. He said:
“Body language is very important, and one must appear confident even when you are taking a single, defending the ball or hitting a six. And the confidence he showed while hitting those shots was superb, and he entertained the crowd,” he said.
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