Glenn Phillips, T20 superstar, praises Suryakumar and thinks he would never be able to match what SKY does, even in his fantasies.
The 25-year blackcaps batter, Glenn Phillips lauds the greatness of Suryakumar Yadav. Surya, the world’s top T20I batter, will confront Phillips’ New Zealand in the second game at the Bay Oval, where the Black Caps dasher has cherished memories of smashing a 46-ball century.
In the words of Glenn.
“He (Surya) is absolutely incredible. The things that he does I wouldn’t even dream of doing. I would love to try but we have very different games. The wrist strength that he’s got to be able to hit balls for six in extremely awkward areas is a talent you rarely see,” Phillips was quoted as saying in stuff.co.nz.
“I have got my strengths and he has got his and we go about our jobs in different ways. And the way we both play presents opportunities for the opposition to get us out as well. It’s part of the risk and reward of middle order cricket in T20.”
“I could easily see (Surya’s) strike rate being even higher here than it was in Aussie, with the slightly smaller grounds and the pitches very similar, potentially a bit bouncier with a bit more grass on them. It’s going to be very interesting what sort of strike rates we see here.”
Later, he commended his fearlessness and clarity of thought when pursuing a certain bowler, and he was amused by the method he has adopted, which is ‘high-risk high-reward.’
Glenn is clearly in the awe of SKY just like any of us. Suryakumar had a splendid year, scoring 1040 runs with a strike rate of 186 and an average of 43. Glenn was a standout in the recently finished T20 World Cup, scoring a century and a half-century. Phillips is ranked 8th among T20I batsmen by the ICC, with 650 runs scored with a strike rate of 158 plus.