"It has all come from playing with..."- Suryakumar Yadav explains science behind his different batting technique
India have reached the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 with the most wins in the group stage. They won four games out of five, and the only loss that came against South Africa was a close game.
For India, star batter Suryakumar Yadav has performed brilliantly. He, along with Virat Kohli, helped India reach the semifinals. He has surely entertained the crowd and fans with his amazing batting display and some exotic shots all around the ground. He scored his third fifty in the last group match against Zimbabwe.
SKY made a 23-ball fifty and scored an unbeaten 61* off 25 balls, with four sixes and six boundaries in his innings. It was his innings that helped India reach a big total of 186/5 in their full quota of 20 overs.
Many former cricketers and fans were also amazed to see the shots he played. Especially, his scoop shots to six was a treat to watch. In a recent interview with ESPN, he himself explained the science behind his batting technique and how he got into his 360-degree batting style.
He said that he used to play rubber ball cricket a lot in his early days and used to play on cemented tracks, and the other players used to chuck to try to bowl as fast as possible. He also said that the boundary used to be around 70–80 meters back then, and with a rubber ball, it was easy to scoop.
Surykumar said, "When you are playing with the rubber ball on hard cement, it's easy for you to scoop, pull, play an uppercut, then play a slice over point. All these strokes which you see me play, square of the wicket and behind the square, have come from that. So it has all come from playing with the rubber ball."
When asked if he has more shots for one kind of ball, he replied that he has some shots, but it depends on the bowler because some tend to change the delivery at the last moment. He said that he always thinks about how the bowler is going to bowl at him, even on the non-striker's end.
SKY has scored 225 runs in five innings so far at an average of 75 and a strike rate of 193.97 with three half-centuries. India will now face England in the second semi-final on Thursday (November 10) at the Adelaide Oval.