Ravi Shastri has compared India’s sensation Suryakumar to AB de Villiers. In the second ODI against New Zealand, SKY was unbeaten on 34 off 25 balls when it was called off due to rain at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
He started slowly but went after the bowlers once he got the measure of the wicket. Shastri, who coached the Indian team until the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, believes that Surya’s strokeplay can stun rivals when he plays his shots in unusual areas.
“He is one of the best, if not the best T20 player. SKY has all the shots and can win a game in 30-40 balls as he scores at a breathtaking pace.
“He is like AB de Villiers at his best. When AB played one of those special innings, it deflated the rival team, and Surya can do just that,” Shastri said to Prime Video.
The 32-year-old had scored an unbeaten 111 runs in the second T20I, which the Indian team won by 65 runs.
Shastri admitted that Suryakumar will fail in some of the innings, considering the type of strokes he plays.
“He will fail in some games because of the shots he plays, but when it comes off, it is spectacular.”