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I mastered scoop shot while playing rubber-ball cricket: Suryakumar

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 27: Suryakumar Yadav of India bats during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Netherlands at Sydney Cricket Ground on October 27, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

By: Melvin Samuel

Suryakumar Yadav’s outrageous scoop shot off Zimbabwe pacer Richard Ngarava became a talking point in the T20 World Cup and the attacking Indian batter says he achieved mastery over the unorthodox stroke after years of practice with a rubber ball

Suryakumar mesmerised the 82,000-strong MCG crowd with his stroke-making ability on Sunday. His unbeaten 61-run knockoff in just 25 balls powered India to an imposing 186 for 5.

The 32-year-old struck four sixes and six boundaries during that breathtaking knock

One shot that stood out was from the last ball of the Zimbabwe innings. Going down on one knee, Suryakumar picked up a Richard Ngarava full toss from outside the off stump and scooped it on the right of fine leg for an unthinkable six

The audacious shot became an instant hit with the likes of Ravi Shastri and legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar lauding it

“You got to understand what the bowler is going to bowl at that time, which is a little pre-determined at that moment. I have practised that stroke a lot when I used to play rubber-ball cricket,” Suryakumar, the world number one T20 batter, said on Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’

“So, you got to be thinking what the bowler is thinking at that time and if the field is in, I just back myself to go there. You got to know how long the boundary behind is. When I stand there, I feel it’s just 60-65 meters and with the pace of the ball I just try and time it, take it on the sweet spot of the bat and if it hits, it just goes out there.”

While scoring his half-century, Suryakumar went past 1000 runs in T20 Internationals in 2022.

The 32-year-old is the first Indian to achieve the feat and only the second player to do so. Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan finished with 1326 runs last year.

Suryakumar also spoke about how he handles pressure situations.

“When I go into bat, I just try and look for a few boundaries or even if I don’t get that, I just try and run as hard as possible between wickets. If you have to bat with Virat Bhai then you have to run hard as well.

“I try and do that, hit it in the gaps and run hard. But I know what strokes I need to play at that time. I try and play a lot of percentage cricket. My strokes are sweeps, overcover, and cuts, if I am succeeding in that, I just take the game ahead from there.”

(PTI)

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