Suryakumar is a bit like AB de Villiers, No. 4 is his best spot: Ponting

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Suryakumar Yadav has received high praise from the great Ricky Ponting, who compared the batsman to AB de Villiers, saying the Indian possesses a 360-degree game like the South African genius.

Ponting suggested that Yadav should bat at number four in the Indian lineup.

“Surya (Yadav) scores 360 degrees around the ground, a bit like an AB from Villiers did when he was in his prime. The return shots, the late cuts, you know, the ramps over the goalie’s head. He can hit the ground,” Ponting said on the latest episode of The ICC Review.

“He hits very well over the side of the leg, he throws back particularly well, and he’s a good fast bowler and he’s a good spin bowler.” Yadav, 31, has scored 672 runs at an average of 37.33 and a strike rate of 175.45 in 23 T20 matches and is now ranked No. 2 in the ICC T20 Batter Rankings, behind Pakistani skipper Babar. Azam.

“He is a very, very exciting player and I am sure someone will be found in his team, not just in his squad,” said Ponting, who has seen Yadav up close in his early years with the Mumbai Indians.

“I think you would find him in his squad for the T20 World Cup. And if he is in that team, then I think all the fans in Australia will see a very, very good player.

“He is quite a confident person. He stands by himself and is never going to give up on a challenge or any situation that comes up in a game. I feel like he believes he can win that situation and therefore go ahead and win the game for his team.” Asked if Yadav would be India’s best XI, the former Australian captain said that he “played better than anyone in the Indian team for the last two heats” and he should be in the top spot.

“He has to be in the top four, I think. I said stay with him (Virat Kohli) in his traditional place, which has been number three,” said Ponting, a two-time World Cup-winning captain.

“For Surya, it is one, two or four. I think he can open, but I think probably, you know, if you could just keep him off the new ball, let him control the middle of the game out of the Powerplay, in the middle, and if he’s in at the end, you know what can happen. ”. Yadav’s strike rate rises to 258.82 in death overs in T20I: in 34 balls, he has squashed 88 runs with 15 of those deliveries going to the limits.

Said Ponting: “I think in the top four he’s, well, I’ll actually take a chance: I don’t want him to open. I think number four is his best spot.” Australia will host the T20 World Cup in October-November.