Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor is known for his power hitting skills and piro-techniques. However, the big hitter (as he used to be in his career) has turned a big fan of India’s Mr 360 degree batsman Suryakumar Yadav.

As per Taylor, the No.1 batter in T20 rankings can have more impact in the format with the kind of approach with which he plays.

Surya struck his only T20I century when batting at second drop. He went to the top of the rankings with an average of 46.56 and strike rate of 184.86 in his usual position. However, Taylor feels that Surya can have even more of an impact if he moves higher in India’s batting line-up.

“Four-five is the hardest place to bat in T20s. To be ranked No.1 when you are batting behind KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and (Virat) Kohli, some fantastic batters in there, and for him to just come out and play the way he does is a credit to him,” Taylor was quoted as saying by ICC.

“I’m sure over time Surya will start batting up the order, or batting where he wants to, but for a guy batting at four, I still think that’s an amazing effort,” the former Kiwis captain said.

“Surya has a lot of confidence. He intimidates bowlers once he starts getting himself in, because it feels like he can hit the ball anywhere at the moment,” he added.