The number 1 ranked T20I batsman also holds the record for scoring the most runs in the format this year. In the year 2022, Surya made headlines in the game’s shortest format, delivering exquisite strokes few had seen before.
“He’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best T20 player. He’s got the all-round game and he’s devastating. On his day, when he hits 30-40 balls, he wins you the match because he’s in that tempo scores and he demoralizes the opponent with the kind of shots he plays. He is a lot like AB de Villiers at his best. When AB played one of those special innings, it deflated the opponent and Surya can do just that,” Shastri told to Prime Video after India’s second match against New Zealand.
Shastri also spoke about Surya’s ODI form when told about the batsman’s not-so-prolific returns in the longer format of the white ball game.
“If you look at the numbers and the law of averages, no doubt he’s going to have an innings like that. But when he gets past 15-20 runs, he counts, as he showed in some of his earlier innings. So, he backs up his skill and offensive instincts. So if you have those kinds of instincts, every odd inning, he’s bound to fail. But when it comes off, it’s spectacular.”
Surya will be a vital part of the Indian cricket team as they face New Zealand for the series decider as India still lags behind after the second ODI was wiped out.
(with IANS inputs)