Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has praised Suryakumar Yadav for his match-winning innings in the 3rd T20 between India and West Indies. Rovman Powell and the team set the target of 160 runs after being elected to bat first in Guyana on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. Suryakumar made 83 runs in 44 balls as the visitors won by seven wickets in 13 balls spare. Extra tries to reduce the deficit to 1-2 in the five-match series.
Reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash revealed that Suryakumar was adjudged the player of the match. He said:
“Let’s first start with the Player of the Match – Suryakumar Yadav. The commentators there chose him and I am also choosing him because it is impossible for anyone else to be here. When Surya shines, everyone looks pale in front of him. He doesn’t like vada pav as much as he likes the sweep. He plays amazingly well.”
“The 160-run chase was not that easy. It was a used surface, you had lost the toss, and you had to chase. It was a difficult task but Suryakumar Yadav has the ability to make it a one-sided match there and that is why he is the Player of the Match without a doubt.”
Suryakumar came out to bat after India lost the wicket oh Yashasvi Jaiswal in the very first over. Although Shubman Gill was also dismissed a few overs later, India’s Mr. 360 put on 87 runs for the third wicket with Tilak Verma making 49 runs in just 37 balls in just 8 overs to seal the match for the visitors.
“He Gets Player Of The Match In Almost Every Fourth Game” – Aakash Chopra On Suryakumar Yadav’s Extraordinary T20 I Record
Aakash Chopra highlighted Suryakumar Yadav’s exceptional match-winning abilities in T20I cricket. He Saw:
“Just to understand, how many Player of the Match awards people have won in T20I matches – Virat Kohli has played 115 matches and he has 15 awards, Rohit Sharma has played 148 matches and has 12 awards, and Suryakumar Yadav has 12 awards in 51 matches. He gets a Player of the Match almost every fourth game.”
Indian commentator said that Mumbai Indian batsmen are better than the rest in the shorter format.
“It’s not that you get the Player of the Match if you score the most runs or played a good knock because someone else can do well or your team might not win at times, and you don’t get that award. So if you have won it 12 times in 51 matches, you have been head and shoulders above the rest.”
said that Team India needs not one but many batsmen like Suryakumar. He pointed out that 32 year old’s sheer determination and belief in his abilities is what set him apart.