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‘I have seen great players like Richards, Sachin, Kohli… but Suryakumar comes once in a century’


Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 112 against Sri Lanka in Rajkot.
Suryakumar Yadav has scored 3 centuries in a short T20I career.

New Delhi. What can be a bigger compliment to any batsman than to be named alongside the greats like Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. These batsmen have not only made many records to immortalize their name in the minds of people, but have also given recognition to cricket on the basis of their batting. Now former Indian captain Kapil Dev has praised Suryakumar Yadav by taking the names of these players. Kapil Dev feels that a batsman like Suryakumar Yadav happens ‘once in a century’.

Kapil Dev gave special praise to the Indian batsman after Suryakumar Yadav’s innings of 112 not out against Sri Lanka. Talking on ABP News, the 1983 World Cup winning captain said that he has no words to praise Suryakumar Yadav. He compared Suryakumar Yadav’s batting skills with veterans like Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards, Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting.

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Kapil Dev said, “Sometimes I fall short of words as to how I can describe his innings. When we see Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, we feel that one day there will be some player who will make us think that he too is a part of that list. Really a lot of talent in India and the kind of cricket he plays, he hits one shot over lap fine leg, then it scares the bowler because he can stand up and hit mid-on and mid-wicket for sixes.

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He further said, “This thing makes it difficult for the bowlers, because he is able to choose the line and length continuously. I have seen great batsmen like de Villiers, Vivian Richards, Sachin, Virat, Ricky Ponting, but very few people can hit the ball so cleanly. Salute to Suryakumar Yadav. Such players come only once in a century.

Let us tell you that after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, if the fan following of any cricketer in India is increasing rapidly, then it is Suryakumar Yadav. Suryakumar Yadav has become a batting sensation since his debut in India in 2021. Suryakumar Yadav became the number 1 ranked batsman in the world by scoring the most 1100 T20 International runs in 2022 and has remained at the position ever since. Surya’s first T20 International century came against England in July. After 4 months, he scored his second T20 International century against New Zealand. Now in January 2023, Suryakumar Yadav has created a furore by scoring his third T20 International century against Sri Lanka in Rajkot.

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