Asia Cup 2022: Flexible Suryakumar Yadav ready to bat anywhere

Asia Cup 2022: Flexible Suryakumar Yadav ready to bat anywhere
Asia Cup 2022: Flexible Suryakumar Yadav ready to bat anywhere

Asia Cup 2022: Flexible Suryakumar Yadav ready to bat anywhere

Asia Cup 2022: Hard-hitting batter Suryakumar Yadav who has played for the Men in Blue in a variety of situations, including beginning the innings, claimed he is adaptable enough to bat anywhere in the Indian T20 team.

Suryakumar’s brilliant 26-ball 68 not out allowed India to defeat Hong Kong by 40 runs on Wednesday and advance to the Asia Cup’s Super Four round.

Suryakumar, who entered the batting at number four, produced a variety of strokes, including six sixes and just as many fours, on a two-paced pitch.

“I am flexible to bat at any number, wherever you tell me. I have told the coach and captain to send me at any number but just play me,” Suryakumar said at the post match press conference.

Vice-captain KL Rahul, who is recovering from an injury, has appeared absolutely out of place during the competition. He struggled against Hong Kong, managing only a 39-ball 36.

“So you are saying we should not play KL bhai (Rahul)?” he said when asked if he would open the innings with Rohit Sharma.

“He is coming after an injury and he needs some time now, we have time right now,” he added.

India is still experimenting in an effort to identify the best batting lineup with the T20 World Cup just around the way.

“Things will go on, there are lot of things we are trying and experimenting. There are things that we want to do and it’s better to try those things in matches rather than in practice sessions.”

Rahul and Rohit failed to capitalise on their beginnings when India was given the opportunity to bat first, while Virat Kohli struck a 44-ball unbeaten 59.

“It is a challenge to bat first. We are working on that exactly, like what sort of target we need to set while batting first. That’s what we are trying to get right.

“Today as well, we were trying to do that. Once we started batting first, what total should it be, what tempo and how to finish. Who are the batsmen left (to come in), what will be their role, it was very clear for us.”

“So, if I couldn’t accomplish that role, then obviously the next one, Rishabh (Pant) would have done. If not DK (Dinesh Karthik) he would have done and then we had Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja). Even he was there to do that… So we have enough firepower to put up whatever we need to in the first innings, it will get done.”

Suryakumar’s 360-degree striking altered the course of the match.

“The situation was such that I had to go and bat out in the middle the way I did. At the start the wicket was a bit slow.

“Once I got in and after a chat with Virat. He told me just express yourself, bat the way you usually bat. My plans were absolutely clear on the way to bat…and I really enjoyed it.”\