Former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman was left stunned after witnessing Surykumar Yadav’s first ball six off Jofra Archer in the fourth T20 against England. The Mumbai batsman scored a praise-worthy 57-run knock and helped India level the five-match T20 series 2-2, with one game left to play.
While reviewing Suryakumar’s innings on the Star Sports show, VVS Laxman heaped praise on the 30-year-old for exhibiting his wide range of shots against both spinners and pacers.
“Spectacular, he astonished both me and Jofra Archer. His mindset is praiseworthy. He even told Murali Kartik that he wanted to keep it simple. If you complicate things too much, you forget at times what your strengths are and what is your template of scoring runs,” said Laxman.
“The timing we saw today, the way he placed the ball and the manner in which he was coming behind the line of the ball while playing the pacers and playing creative shots according to the field,” added Laxman.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar too lauded Suryakumar Yadav for his enterprising knock in the fourth game. He asserted that the experience Surykumar Yadav has gained from playing IPL and domestic cricket has helped him perform well in his only first international match.
“His knock shows how much confidence he has in his ability. And when a ripened player comes, because he has spent so many years in domestic cricket and in the IPL, his skills are sharpened and when you have the full self-confidence then only you can play such shots and that too against Jofra Archer, who is one of the world’s fastest and best bowlers,” said Bangar.
India and England will play the series decider on Saturday at the Narendra Modi International Stadium.