Suryakumar Yadav is ‘unbelievable to watch’: Glen Phillips in awe of India star

New Zealand star Glenn Phillips said that Suryakumar Yadav’s ability to have that extra second to read deliveries perfectly is exemplary.

In Short

  • Glenn Phillips hailed Suryakumar Yadav as an ‘unbelievable’ batter
  • Suryakumar Yadav’s premeditation, ability to score is next level: Phillips
  • Suryakumar was named Player of the Series against New Zealand

By India Today Web Desk: New Zealand batter Glenn Phillips hailed Suryakumar Yadav as an ‘unbelievable’ batter, saying that the India star’s ability to have that extra second to read deliveries perfectly and even score maximums of “bailout shots” is outstanding. Suryakumar was named Player of the Series on Tuesday after his stunning 51-ball 111-run knock in the second T20I.

“The thing that strikes me the most is actually how he manages to predict so well, where the ball is going,” said Phillips during the press conference after the third T20I ended in a draw following rain interruption.

“It’s not necessarily about the premeditation, per se, he has a rough idea of where the bowler is going to ball. But he still has the ability to guess which ball it is going to be and then have bailout options.

“If it’s not there and unlike other people his bailout options still seem to go for four or six.”

Suryakumar hit seven sixes and 11 fours during his incredible innings, which included some outstanding shots, including a few behind the third man.

“…that shot off the other day was hard length on off stump and he manages to head it over third man with a straight bat. So that definitely strikes me as something that is the next level,” Phillips said.

“Obviously, playing with premeditation obviously has its downfalls as well. But while you’re flying high, absolutely and it’s unbelievable to watch.”


Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj claimed four wickets each on Tuesday to bundle out New Zealand for 160 in 19.4 overs after the hosts were going strong at 130 for 2 in the 16th over.

Talking about India’s bowling attack, Phillips said: “The Indians have so much depth, the IPL just shows that.. for guys like Arshdeep and Siraj to come in and know that they can already perform at this level.

“And the control that Arshdeep has, swinging the ball both ways with Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) up the front there, that is an incredible skill to have, especially being able to hit the whole of the death on demand.

“Siraj’s pace and bounce (that he extracted) today really was quite tough to play. He was very aggressive and I guess that’s something that’s come from playing through the IPL where you have to give it your all 100% no matter what because the stakes are so high and and the intensity of the game is so high.

“The likes of Harshal Patel as well, the depth coming through there the Indians is unbelievable.”


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