Watch the shot from Suryakumar Yadav that made Daren Sammy go “My Goodness!”

They call it the show’s take: Suryakumar Yadav’s punch to the covers for six people. It was quite a thing. As former West Indies captain Darren Sammy, a batsman who knows a thing or two about encroaching on the Big Six, said, “What wrong has (bowler) Zari Joseph done?”

Nothing more. It was a long back to deliver on the stem but Surya wasn’t satisfied with hitting the couple. Nor has he been in a hard situation – he rarely is. Most of his shots come from the T20 multiplication book calculated for the shape. Keeping form, extend the upper body, extend the arms to the maximum, and strive to maintain balance even at that tipping point – and hit. Most of the time, it has to do with the way he puts himself in the shot.

This was unbelievable even for a batsman. The first thing to note was that there was no show on display: the ball was going toward the middle and middle torso. The old archer says: Hit the top. Well, so far this is in the trash in the T20 era.

Surya stands slightly open in the stance he often does: hind foot parallel to the flexor, almost approaching the torso. The front leg points to the bottom of the playing field. Now, just before Joseph reaches the court, she raises the front leg slightly and presses down. That’s all he needs for strength and focus.

So what made him go for this shot? maybe the length. Certainly not the line. Either he caught the long haul early or anticipated, Surya seemed ready. The length allowed him to do, under, and punch at the top. He had to get the minor adjustments right to put his body in the right position. And so, once you lift the front leg up and squeeze, it’s still pretty much still.

He can’t move his body in a line or right or do much for any small little movement that can disturb the whole apple cart: balance will disappear, momentum will be lost, strength will weaken, and the trajectory can be affected too. It can go straight and not clear cover or guy in the rear.

And so it starts to work, but does not move much. The arms go under the ball and thrust hard. Extending the arms to the fullest and holding the position is not just for beauty or ego. It’s what we need to start the trajectory and the force for the ball to go the distance. They call it holding a shape. When he reaches the height of his arms, the upright upper body retains the shape, and the right foot moves slightly to maintain the position for that moment longer. to achieve balance. That’s it. The white ball is thrown from behind the extra cover.

Improve his game outside the side

In 2018 or 19, there was talk that Surya was more comfortable in the leg side — in terms of big hits, that is. There was also talk within the Mumbai Indians, led by their coach Mahila Jayawardene, about improving his hitting rate.

Syria once explained to The Indian Express what had happened. “In 2019, it is [Jayawardene] She sat with me and she explained it to me…what should I do in powerplay and what should I do after powerplay. He obviously wanted me to be a better cricketer at that moment and contribute more by being smarter. So he just sat with me and it was like it was totally on you. He just said one thing, whenever you hit after powerplay, just try to hit lots of gaps, take duos, run hard between wickets and hit rate will be amazing too. So I did the same. “

There weren’t any private conversations he remembered with Jayawardene about playing outside the team but he decided to raise his overall game level. “Yes, I knew I had to work a lot on hitting me again because people would come up with different plans. So I had to cover all the areas or tick all the boxes, which I couldn’t do in the first year with my team,” Suryakumar Yadav told these newspaper.

From his claim to take singles and duos to trying to cover all areas, he is now one of the best T20 batsmen in the world. This shot in the Caribbean, in a series that will likely soon be forgotten, will linger in mind. The quality of the shot is best captured in the sublime skepticism. When you get respect from a guy who’s been there, do it, you know you’re on the right track. Suryakumar Yadav is for sure.

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