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Suryakumar Yadav shoots warning ahead of Super 8: ‘Number one batsman adapt to any pitch’

Suryakumar Yadav shoots warning ahead of Super 8: ‘Number one batsman adapt to any pitch’

SKY is ready to showcase his full range of skills on more familiar Caribbean pitches, but remains confident in his ability to contribute on any surface.

Suryakumar Yadav, the world’s number one ranked T20 batsman, has acknowledged the need to adapt his batting style based on pitch conditions. While he’s eager to return to his aggressive strokeplay in the Caribbean for ICC T20 World Cup 2024, he defends his cautious approach on the “spicy” wickets of the USA.

Playing smart ft Suryakumar Yadav

During the T20 World Cup group stage in the US, Suryakumar Yadav‘s batting showcased a shift in strategy. The typically high-scoring batsman played a more measured innings, guiding India to victory against the USA with an unbeaten 50 off 49 balls – a strike rate well below his usual average.

Suryakumar Yadav emphasizes the importance of adaptability for a top batsman.

“Being number one for two years requires the ability to bat in different conditions and adjust your game for the team’s needs. That’s what defines good batsmanship,” he said in a media interaction.

He explained the challenges of scoring freely on slow pitches, especially when bowlers have a clear understanding of your batting style. “In such situations, you need to be smart to extend your innings. Adapting to the situation and team demands is crucial. You need to communicate with your partner, stay calm, and build the innings.”

Looking forward to T20 World Cup Super 8

While Suryakumar Yadav acknowledges the difficulties of the US pitches, he’s excited to return to his signature 360-degree strokeplay in the Caribbean. “I enjoyed playing there (USA) as well,” he clarified. “The conditions were new and challenging for us, but we’ve played in the West Indies before and are familiar with the pitches here.”

The practice pitches in Barbados offer a stark contrast to those in the US. “The practice pitches here are much better than what we faced in New York. They’re not as ‘spicy’ and have been prepared regularly,” he said.

Adapting to spinners in Super 8

Despite spinners performing well in the Caribbean so far, Yadav remains confident in his ability to counter them. “Sweeps and reverse sweeps are a strong part of my game, and I practice them regularly,” he said.

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Maintaining intent regardless: Suryakumar Yadav

With Virat Kohli opening alongside Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant promoted to number three, the question arises of whether Yadav will alter his approach if India loses early wickets.

We plan to play according to the format of the game,” he explained. “Even with early wickets, the aim is to score runs and maintain positive intent. The team management trusts us to make those decisions on the field.”

Suryakumar Yadav’s comments highlight the importance of adaptability for a top batsman. He’s ready to showcase his full range of skills on more familiar Caribbean pitches, but remains confident in his ability to contribute on any surface.

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