SKY looked like he was playing gully cricket as he played with RCB bowlers: Gavaskar

Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav looked like he was playing ‘gulli-cricket’ as he ‘played’ here with the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers in their Indian Premier League match, says the legendary Sunil Gavaskar .

Suryakumar hit 83 runs with just 35 balls – his highest IPL score – in a stunning show of 360-degree shots to play a crucial role in MI’s six-wicket win over RCB here on Tuesday. He hit seven fours and six sixes for a whopping 237.14 batting average as MI chased the target of 200 with 21 balls left. “SKY played with the bowlers. He gives you a feeling of gully cricket when he hits like that. He’s just gotten better with practice and hard work,” Gavaskar told Star Sports’ Cricket Live.

“His bottom hand is so strong that he uses it perfectly. Against RCB, he began hitting toward the long-on and long-off and later landed farm shots throughout the park (34 balls), which also smashed his second fiftie of the season. The duo have forged a 140-run partnership to put MI in the driver’s seat in the run hunt.

“When you hit with SKY it boosts your confidence but the best thing about Nehal Wadera’s innings was that he wasn’t looking to play shots like SKY. The best thing about him is that he’s excellently balanced,” said Gavaskar.

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh also praised Wadhera, 22, for seizing the opportunity with both hands and repaying the trust of MI team management.

“Nehal Wathera took most of the chances. He was promoted to Punjab Ranji Trophy from U-25 and MI scouted him well. In Tilak Varma’s absence, he just took his chances,” said Harbhajan.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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