Suryakumar Yadav is not the best T20 player: Tim Southee makes a big statement after loss against India

Tim Southee bagged hat-trick in the match as he dismissed Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya on the trot.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 21 November 2022 10:32 AM

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Suryakumar Yadav firmed his authority in T20 format once again on Sunday as he scored his second century of the calendar during 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval. The whole cricket fraternity was in awe of Suryakumar Yadav's batting prowess as the batter single-handedly destroyed New Zealand's bowling attack featuring Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson. 

While several cricket experts showered their praise on Indian batter on his incredible batting performance, an experienced Kiwi pacer believes Suryakumar Yadav is not the best T20 batter India has produced. Tim Southee, the 33-year-old right-arm fast medium pacer claimed that there have been several great batters which came from India, and they were quite consistent for years.

"Surya is having a great 12 months and the onus is on him to continue to do what he has been doing for over a period of time. India has been produced amazing cricketers not only in T20 format but across all formats. You have got so many players who have played for a long time and have achieved so much over a long period," said Southee. However, veteran pacer also lauded the Indian batter on his incredible knock by stating that he played an impressive knock. 

Notably, New Zealand pacer also had his moment in the 20th over of the match as he bagged a hat-trick by dismissing Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya on the trot. Southee returned with an impressive figure of 3/34 in his four over spell. 

Speaking of his hat-trick, Southee admitted that he felt really nice, but got bit lucky. "Sometimes you bowled really well but don’t get the rewards, but today it was different. It’s part of the game," said 33-year-old.  Team India has taken 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series and both the teams will be pitted against each other once again for the third and final T20I on November 22. 

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