Harbhajan Singh lauds Suryakumar Yadav as the “Indian AB de Villiers”


Mumbai Indians won their record-fifth Indian Premier League title and where one of their key players – Suryakumar Yadav performed quite beautifully throughout the campaign. The experienced right-handed batsman has scored 480 runs in 16 games which came at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 145.01. While his talents have impressed everyone, his wait to get a call-up from the national team got longer which raised several eyebrows too.


While the BCCI has announced the squad for the upcoming series against Australia, Yadav has once again found himself not being in the list. Recently, experienced India spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter and asked about his non-selection in the limited-overs squads. Meanwhile, Harbhajan also spoke to Star Sports where he referred to him as India’s AB de Villiers.

“There is no doubt that Suryakumar Yadav has transformed himself from being the game-changer to a primary match-winner for the Mumbai Indians. He had taken up a lot of responsibility of their batting,” he said. “And it is not that he plays at the strike rate of 100, if you see his strike rate, he starts hitting from the first ball itself.”

Suryakumar Yadav has tested a fair share of success for far while playing for Mumbai. He has scored 512 and 424 runs in 2018 and 2019 editions of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. He has also been praised by the veterans like Gautam Gambhir, Ian Bishop and Tom Moody and got the place in their IPL XI as well.

“It is difficult to stop him as he has all types of shots. He hits overs covers, plays the sweep also well, plays spin very well, plays fast bowling amazingly well. He is the Indian AB de Villiers,” Harbhajan Singh further added.

“I feel he should have been selected for the Indian team. It didn’t happen but he is not far away. He is an unbelievable player. The sort of batting Suryakumar Yadav has done, he has attracted everyone towards him,” he concluded.

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