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Ponting’s Analysis about batting position of Suryakumar Yadav

In the recent episode of The ICC Review, the star Australian batter, Ricky Ponting talks about the batting position of Suryakumar Yadav. He believes that Suryakumar Yadav should bat at No. 4 for India in T20Is and has compared the rising star to AB de Villiers of South Africa.

Ponting believes Yadav should be included in India’s starting XI for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year since he has seen Yadav up close in his early years in Mumbai during the IPL.
When Yadav pulled a Jofra Archer short ball intended at his head for six with a quick swivel on his first international cricket ball, it was as good a sign as any of his skill and arrogance. Still, longevity is the best sign of a really world-class player. Just like with any natural skill  Yadav continued with breakthrough performances after his promising debut.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and Yadav Inclusion

There is no assurance that anyone will make the starting XI, though, with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup taking place in two months and India’s batting lineup filled with amazing ability. But Yadav has admirers.
After 23 T20I matches, Yadav is now ranked No. 2 in the MRF Tyres ICC T20 Batter Rankings, behind Pakistan captain Babar Azam. Yadav has the highest strike rate of any player to bat as frequently as he has in T20I history, at 175.45.

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Ponting’s Analysis of batting position of Suryakumar Yadav

On the most recent episode of The ICC Review, Ponting said;
“He’s a very, very exciting player and I’m sure someone that’s going to find himself in their team, not just their squad”.

“I think you’d find him in their team for the T20 World Cup. And if he’s in that team, then I think all the fans in Australia are going to see a very, very good player.”

“He’s quite a confident person. He backs himself and he’s never going to step down from a challenge or any situation that arises in a game. I feel he thinks he can win that situation and therefore go on and win the game for his team.”

Yadav Showed Self-Belief at a key batting position

He already showed confidence in Nottingham against England at the no.4 position, India appeared to be in trouble after 31/3 in chasing 216, but the situation swiftly changed as Yadav began to attack.
He went on to score his first T20I century, keeping India in the match the entire time he was playing.
Ponting thinks Yadav stands out from other young stars in the game because of his “self-belief in his own game and his own abilities.”

“Surya scores 360 degrees around the ground, a bit like an AB de Villiers did when he was in his actual prime. The lap shots, the late cuts, you know, the ramps over the keeper’s head. He can hit down the ground,” Ponting remarked.

“He hits really well over the leg side, flicks to deep backward square particularly well, and he’s a good player of fast bowling and is a good player of spin bowling.”

Ponting was certain that Yadav should be placed in the top order when asked whether he would make India’s best XI, stating that “he played better than anyone else in the Indian team for the last couple of series.”

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“It’s got to be in the top four, I think. I said stick with him (Virat) in his traditional spot, which has been number three,” Ponting remarked.

“For Surya, it’s one, two, or four. I think he can open, but I think he’s probably, you know if you could probably just keep him away from the new ball, let him control the middle part of the game outside the Powerplay, through in the middle, and if he’s in at the end, you know what can happen.”

“I think in the top four is, well, actually I’ll go out on a limb: I don’t want him to open. I think number four is his best spot,” Ponting said.

Also, read about Ricky Ponting’s prediction about India vs Pakistan match at Asia Cup


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