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Suryakumar Yadav can’t entertain in every single inning: AB de Villiers

It will be an understatement to say that Suryakumar Yadav had a dream run in T20Is in 2022. He was the highest run-getter in T20Is in 2022, amassing 1164 runs at a whopping strike rate of 187.43 while averaging 46.56, including two hundred and nine fifties.

He had begun 2023 with a dazzling century against Sri Lanka in the second T20I at Rajkot, but since then his form has seen a sudden dip, which was evident from his bagging a hat-trick of ducks in ODIs against Australia.

In Mumbai Indians’ first game of IPL 2023, Suryakumar scored 15 off 16 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Asked about how Suryakumar can get out of his sudden lean run, South Africa batting legend AB de Villiers advised the right-handed batter to get back towards what worked for him in the past when he was smashing scintillating knocks.

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“He (Yadav) has got to stick to what’s been working for him over the years. Yes, maybe, he can try and remember ‘What are my basics’ or ‘What did I do very well when I was just consistently scoring runs’. He took his game to a completely different level and honestly, it’s not a bad thing to come down a level and spend a bit of time there before you pop out again.”

“You can’t always score a hundred off 40 balls; it’s something which won’t happen every day. That’s something I had to learn the hard way as well, with the Chinnaswamy crowd expecting me to score a hundred every game.”

“Sometimes I had to tell myself, ‘You know what AB let’s be honest here, you are not reading the ball very. Just make sure you go run-a-ball and give Virat the strike or just get someone else on. And then slowly but surely I get one good shot and then I am back in the game.”

“So he’s going to realize he can’t entertain the crowd in every single inning. There will always be a sign when you get into good form, there will be a bad delivery or you’ll hit a good straight drive,” said de Villiers during a virtual media roundtable.

De Villiers, currently seen as an IPL Expert for JioCinema, revealed that he’s been through the anxiety of encountering bad form whenever he had a good day with the bat and further asked Suryakumar to respect the situation he’s in right now.






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