File photo of Suryakumar Yadav© AFP
Team India is all set for the upcoming T20 World Cup, to be played in Australia in October-November. Ahead of the mega event, the squad led by Rohit Sharma will face Australia and South Africa in a home series starting from September 20. In the recently concluded Asian Cup, Team India had an unforgettable outing as they failed to qualify for the final of the tournament. Despite this, Team India had some positives from the tournament, such as Virat Kohli’s 71st century coming up against Afghanistan.
Other than that, batter Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 68 runs off 26 ball against Hong Kong is another highlight of the tournament. For the past about a year, Suryakumar has been a reliable player for India who has won the team on many occasions. In an interview with Times of India, the batter revealed his preferred hitting position as it allows him to “control the game”.
“I’ve enjoyed hitting in every position: 1, 3, 4, 5. I feel like number 4 is a good position for me. The situation where I’m hitting allows me the game I enjoyed the most when I hit between overs seven and 15. I try to be positive at that stage. I’ve seen a lot of games where teams have great power play and strong endings, but I think the most important period in a T20 match is from the eighth over to the 14th,” Suryakumar told TOI.
“You have to step on the pedal harder in that phase. I try not to play too many risky shots. I try to play over cover and try to cut through the point, run hard and keep the scoreboard ticking so that after the 15th over the finishers have no problem finishing the game. Number 4 is also a challenging position to bat and that’s why I enjoy it,” he added.
Team India will face Australia in a three-game T20I series from September 20. It will be followed by a T20I three-game series and a three-game ODI series against South Africa from September 28.
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