Suryakumar Yadav: Boundaries as Pressure Release, Playing Smart Key

Suryakumar Yadav

As the qualifier 2 between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians approaches in the ongoing IPL 2023, the dynamic batsman Suryakumar Yadav shared insights into his gameplay. Notably, Yadav has been in sensational form for the five-time champions this season, accumulating 544 runs in 15 matches and currently ranking seventh in the IPL Orange Cap race. Initially starting the season slowly, the Mumbai-born batter gradually found his rhythm and displayed exceptional cricket skills.

When discussing his approach in the shortest format, Yadav highlighted his preference for dealing with boundaries or opting for singles and doubles, as it helps alleviate pressure. The 32-year-old emphasized his self-belief and adaptability to the field conditions, acknowledging that he is not a power hitter capable of striking massive sixes.

“I am always excited for batting. I am always ready, waiting in the dugout. People ask me why am I sprinting to the crease sometimes. It is my way of warming up. I just aim to express myself and enjoy my game. If I get to hit a boundary on the first or second ball, I do not leave that opportunity. People say that T20 is about sixes. But during the course of a match, there are a lot of pressure situations. I think of ways to reduce the pressure on me and my partner. Boundaries are a way for me to do so. It is not always sixes, I hit boundaries more. Playing smart game is important,”

Suryakumar said.

I know where my runs are, they are on the ground: Suryakumar Yadav

“I always intend to hit fours and sixes. Or else, singles or doubles. It has always been my game. I play according to the field. I am not a power hitter. Also, I cannot hit sixes of 100-120 m. I know where my runs are, they are on the ground. I am clear about this and I back myself no matter what the situation is,”

Suryakumar further added.

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