‘Asked for Suryakumar’s weakness, the WhatsApp group dried up. They had only 1’ | Cricket

If there’s one participant on England’s radar forward of their T20 World Cup semifinal towards India at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, that’s Suryakumar Yadav. The India center order batter has been the participant to be careful for in the match. He is the third-highest run-getter in the ongoing World Cup with 225 runs together with three half-centuries, and does not appear to place a foot mistaken. If England are to beat India and progress into the ultimate, getting the key wicket of Suryakumar can be excessive on Jos Buttler and his staff’s agenda.

Previously, India and England have confronted one another twice in a World Cup semi-final – in 1983 and 1987 with each groups selecting up a win every. And as a blockbuster knockout recreation awaits us, former England captain Nasser Hussain is making an attempt to dissect Suryakumar Yadav’s recreation by analysing the batter’s strengths and weaknesses. In a dialogue with Michael Atherton, Hussain, who’s head over heels about SKY, revealed that he texted on a WhatsApp group to seek out extra particulars about Suryakumar’s recreation however was left flabbergasted at the response.

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“It was funny. I sent the CricViz guys a request. They were doing some prep for the game. I said ‘Come on, send me the strengths and weaknesses of Suryakumar Yadav. And on the WhatsApp group I got some 15 strengths – plays pace bowling well, spin well, hits through the square, scoops it more than any cricketer in the history of the game,” Hussain mentioned on Sky Sports.

“Maybe, someone like a Mahela Jayawardene is the only one who has scored more runs behind square than him. His strike-rate all around. And then I said, ‘Ok, weaknesses? And the WhatsApp just dried up. The only one they had was slow left-arm spin. And England don’t have one. Dawson is in the reserve and I can’t see them calling him up. He was hobbling.”

But whereas England shouldn’t have a left-arm spinner at their disposal, Hussain is assured there’s one participant who may hassle Suryakumar on Thursday, and that’s Mark Wood. Hussain recollects how Suryakumar smashed Jofra Archer for six off the first ball he confronted in worldwide cricket and regardless of there being an damage cloud hovering over Wood, the former England captain believes the ploy may work.

“It’s going to have to be Mark Wood up front. I would use him just to test Suryakumar out. He pulled Jofra (Archer) for six of his first ball. He might want to go harder up front with Wood. You know anybody can fail,” Hussain identified.


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