Suryakumar Yadav is an unorthodox batter who can be relatable to the new generation of fans. In the T20 era, the 360-degree batter can play shots which can make fans, experts, and commentators go crazy. The Mumbai batter is almost synonymous with innovation in cricket. When in full flow, Yadav plays at least one outrageous shot in every match, which is nearly impossible to be played. That is what makes him what he is today.
In fact, the first shot of Suryakumar in his international career was one such, when he played an outrageous shot against someone like Jofra Archer to get off the mark. Throughout his career, the Indian batter has played some sensational shots that are often difficult to describe. But that’s the fun about the unorthodox batter’s caliber. He just makes cricket a lot more interesting and fun to watch.
Here are five shots by Suryakumar Yadav that amazed cricket analysts, making commentators exclaim, 'You cannot do that!'"
5. Ramp shot against Jofra Archer
It was the first-ever appearance of Suryakumar in international cricket. The man was up against Jofra Archer, one of the best bowlers of his time. As the pacer bowled a back-of-a-length delivery towards the rib cage of the batter, Yadav just played a ramp shot in which the balance was on his one leg. It was stunning to pull off something like that. The shot was simply outrageous and one of the best ways to get off the mark in international cricket.
4. Lofted Square cut against Alzarri Joseph
It was a match against the West Indies. Alzarri Joseph was the bowler. As Suryakumar was on strike, Joseph bowled a back-of-a-length delivery outside off. Yadav realized that the third man was up. Sensing an opportunity to fetch a boundary, the Indian batter played a lofted square cut over the third-man fielder. The shot came with unreal balance, as Yadav played it with the support of a single leg. It was yet another astonishing shot of his career.
3. Scoop shot against Richard Ngarava
In the 2022 T20 World Cup, India took on Zimbabwe at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the last over of the match, the middle-order batter faced Richard Ngarava, a left-arm pacer. The Zimbabwean pacer tried to bowl wider deliveries throughout the over. In the last ball of the match, Ngarava bowled a wide yorker, which went wrong. Suryakumar connected it and played an outrageous scoop shot over the fine-leg fielder to fetch 6 runs. The commentator exclaimed “You cannot do that!” for the incredible shot.
2. Upper cut against Lockie Ferguson
After the 2022 T20 World Cup, India toured New Zealand for a limited-overs series. In the decider of the T20I series, Suryakumar scored a hundred. In the match, the star batter looked in his element. Lockie Ferguson bowled a bouncer which was directed at the chest region of the batter. Yadav just played an upper cut which deceived everyone. It was simply sensational that a player of his calibre could pull off such a shot, which is difficult to describe.
1. Lofted square cut against Mohammed Shami
In the last few months, Yadav has been playing this shot regularly. To hit six over the point fielder against a length delivery is one of the most difficult shots in cricket. But the 33-year-old has mastered hitting it with consistency. In the IPL 2023, Mumbai Indians took on Gujarat Titans in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Yadav played a lofted square cut against Mohammed Shami and the ball sailed through the fence. The replays showed the pose of the shot, which almost looked like a still from a dance art like Bharatanatyam.