AB de Villiers Made A Big Statement On Suryakumar Yadav’s Selection In The World Cup 2023 Squad

Legendary South African cricketer AB de Villiers has expressed relief and support for India’s decision to include Suryakumar Yadav, often called SKY, in their World Cup 2023 squad. While Yadav has established himself as an exceptional T20I batsman, there has been an ongoing debate about his ability to perform consistently in One Day Internationals (ODIs). AB de Villiers, known for his dynamic batting in various formats, believes that Suryakumar Yadav has the potential to excel in ODI cricket and has offered his endorsement.

In a video on his YouTube channel, AB de Villiers shared his thoughts on Suryakumar Yadav’s inclusion in the World Cup squad and his ability to adapt to the ODI format. De Villiers expressed his admiration for Yadav’s style of play, which he likened to his own in T20 cricket. While acknowledging that Suryakumar Yadav has yet to fully unlock his potential in ODI cricket, De Villiers emphasized the importance of a “tiny mind switch” that could make a significant difference. He affirmed his belief that Yadav possesses all the necessary skills to succeed in ODI cricket and expressed hope that he would seize the opportunity in the World Cup.

AB explained, “I am relieved to see SKY in the World Cup squad. You guys know I am a big fan. He plays in a similar fashion to how I used to in T20 cricket. He hasn’t cracked ODI cricket yet, but it’s a tiny mind switch that he has got to make. He can do it and I hope he gets his opportunity in the World Cup.”

When asked about Indian batter Sanju Samson, AB de Villiers also had words of praise. He recalled a remarkable innings by Samson, where he scored an unbeaten 92 runs off 45 balls against De Villiers’ team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore 2018. De Villiers highlighted Samson’s wide array of shots and emphasized that success in ODI cricket often depends on mental adjustments.

The selection of Suryakumar Yadav over Sanju Samson for India’s World Cup 2023 squad has sparked discussions and debates among cricket enthusiasts. While AB de Villiers believes in Yadav’s potential, only time will reveal whether India made the right decision by backing Yadav to significantly impact the tournament.

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“I have been at the receiving end at Chinnaswamy Stadium for RCB during his (Samson) hundred (92*) with the ball flying all over the place. He also has all the shots, and it’s all about the mind and adjusting to ODI cricket.” De Villiers further stated.

AB de Villiers’ endorsement of Suryakumar Yadav’s inclusion in India’s World Cup 2023 squad reflects the belief in Yadav’s batting prowess and ability to adapt to the challenges of ODI cricket. As India’s campaign in the tournament unfolds, cricket fans worldwide will eagerly watch Yadav’s performances, hoping to see him fulfill his potential and make a mark on the international stage.

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