Surya Kumar Yadav became a household name in 2022 in T20 cricket after an exceptional run-feast. “SKY” as he is popularly referred to, aggregated over 1100 runs in 30 T20 international matches. He scored these runs at an average of 47.95 and with a mindblowing strike rate of 188.37. The 32-year old is also currently the ranked 1 T20I batter. Finally, enroute to scoring his 1151 T20I runs, Yadav hit 2 centuries and 9 half-centuries.
SKY has not been declared the T20 cricketer of the year 2022 yet. We pick up some of the comments from the legends of this game and help ICC determine based on them to crown him the best T20 cricketer of 2022. Let us find out what they had to say!
What Legends Say About Surya Kumar Yadav?
“Surya is a 360-degree player and I have only seen Ab de Villiers play the shots he plays at the height of his career. He has all the shots in his repertoire. He is equally brilliant against both spin and pace”, Ricky Ponting
“It is no surprise that people compare him (Surya) with me. He plays all those shots so fluently. However, he must now focus on how to be consistent. Once he finds out how to remain consistent, he has the potential to become a limited overs great in the coming 5 to 10 years”, Ab de Villiers
“SKY is a positive player. He has got this beautiful, open and aggressive stance which helps him play those 360-degree shots comfortably. The bowlers are finding it difficult at the moment to pitch the ball at certain lengths. In T20 cricket, it is very difficult to find any shortcomings in his technique”, Stephen Fleming
“Having played against him (Surya) in the IPL, I have seen so many of these innings. But this is the first time when I am seeing him up close and observing his game. I am completely speechless. To be honest, if he keeps playing in this rhythm, he can single handedly turn any game in favour of us against any team and any condition”, Virat Kohli