Pramod Ananth
23 Sep 2022 | 03:28 PM

Batting at four helps me control the game: Suryakumar Yadav

The India middle-order batter has scored 857 runs at a strike-rate close to 174 in 27 T20I innings so far

In a year and a half since his T20 International (T20I) debut, Suryakumar Yadav has become a key figure for India. Currently ranked No. 3 in the ICC T20I rankings, the right-handed batter has scored 857 in 27 innings at a strike-rate close to 174.

He played a vital knock even in the first T20I against Australia, hitting 46 off just 25 deliveries, but India failed to defend 208. India would have looked to level the series in Nagpur but wet ground conditions have all but ruined any chances of having a full game.

Talking about his batting position, Surya has said that he prefers the No. 4 position as it helps him control the game.

"It has been an amazing journey. Wonderful ride till now and am working hard for everything. I have enjoyed batting everywhere but number four is perfect for me. It helps me control the game. I enjoy batting when the pressure is high," Surya said during the delay in Nagpur.

"Most important challenge in Australia would be for us to be smart with our shot selection. Everything else remains the same."

Surya who has been occupying his preferred No. 4 spot in T20Is for a while now has been flexible with his batting positions and has in fact also opened the innings. He will hope to come good in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, which starts next month.

Surya had emphasised on his flexibility even ahead of the second T20I

"I'm very flexible, no particular role. Actually, I plan for every situation. I am flexible to bat in anywhere, whichever number I'm asked to bat, I know I just have to do my role and I am happy to do it," he had said.

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