Talismanic India batter Suryakumar Yadav is everywhere in the headlines since making his debut in T20I cricket. He is currently the world number one T20 batter and has evolved into the new Mr 360 degree. There is a feeling now that Suryakumar can’t do anything wrong in a cricket ground, and while some of his strokes leave amazed the fans, cricketers across the world are also praising him for his impeccable timing and stunning strokeplay.
Australian star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is also among one of them who simply in awe of Yadav’s inning in the second T20I match against New Zealand where he played one more match-winning knock of 111 (51 balls) on Sunday. Speaking on “The Grade Cricketer” podcast, Glenn Maxwell opened up on how he reacted to Suryakumar Yadav’s hundred.
He said, “I didn’t know the game was on. But I later checked the scorecard and sent the picture of that to Finchy (Aaron Finch) and said, ‘What is this guy doing? He is batting on a completely different planet! Look at the score of the others and then he scores 111 off 50.”
Maxwell added, “I watched the replay of the innings the next day and it’s embarrassing that he is so much better than everyone else. It’s almost hard to watch. He is better than anyone we have got. It’s like oh god. No one in the world is even close to Suryakumar. What he is doing is such bizarre and unreal.”
Maxwell also spoke about Yadav’s incredible 68 (40) against South Africa in the T20 World Cup at a bouncy Perth pitch and explained how difficult it was to play shots on that pitch. “The innings that he played at Perth was one of the most ridiculous innings I have ever seen, having batted there a couple of days before that. Especially for an Indian to bat like that in those conditions and be so successful is just incredible,” he said.
On being asked whether Big Bash League (BBL) franchises could buy him for the upcoming edition, Maxwell gave a hilarious response, “We won’t be able to afford Suryakumar Yadav in the Big Bash League even with all the money in our cap. We have to sack everyone, save the money and then hope he agrees.”