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Suryakumar Yadav has been nothing short of sensational in the T20 format, both in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for the Indian national team in T20Is. His ability to start aggressively, play unconventional shots, and maintain a brisk strike rate has made him a crucial player in India’s T20 lineup. Given his recent dominance, it’s no surprise that cricket analysts and former players are brainstorming ways to counter his onslaught.

Enter Sanjay Manjrekar, the former Indian cricketer and now a respected voice in the commentary box. Known for his astute understanding of the game and its intricacies, Manjrekar recently shared some insights on how teams might approach the challenge of minimizing the damage inflicted by Suryakumar Yadav.

1. The Early Short Ball: Manjrekar emphasized that Yadav, like many aggressive batsmen, loves the ball coming onto the bat. This allows him to use the pace to his advantage. “A well-directed short ball early in his innings might catch him off guard,” suggested Manjrekar. By taking the ball away from his hitting arc and forcing him onto the backfoot, bowlers might induce a false shot.

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2. Deception with Slower Deliveries: Recognizing Yadav’s propensity to charge at bowlers, Manjrekar pointed out the importance of using off-pace deliveries. “The knuckleball or a well-disguised slower ball can disrupt his rhythm,” he said. Given that Suryakumar uses the bowler’s pace, taking it off can force him to generate all the power, potentially leading to errors.

3. Bowling Wide: Given Suryakumar’s comfort in hitting over the leg side and his proficiency with shots like the scoop over fine leg, Manjrekar advised bowlers to keep the ball wide outside off stump. “Force him to reach for deliveries, reducing his control over the shots,” he elaborated.

4. Spin Challenge: While Yadav has demonstrated skill against spinners, Manjrekar believes there’s a strategy there too. “Introduce a mystery spinner early on or someone who turns the ball away from him. A leg-spinner to the right-handed Yadav might be the key, especially if they can bowl the googly,” said Manjrekar.

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5. Mind Games: T20 cricket isn’t just about skills; it’s also about the mental battle. Manjrekar suggested that captains could engage in some strategic field placements to play with Yadav’s mind. “Perhaps place a fielder in his favorite hitting zones early on to make him second-guess his shot selection,” he offered.

6. Research and Homework: Manjrekar was firm on the importance of doing homework. “In this age of technology, teams should be analyzing his dismissals and identifying patterns. There might be certain bowlers he’s less comfortable against or specific deliveries he struggles with,” he pointed out.

7. Maintain Pressure: Lastly, Manjrekar stressed the importance of sustained pressure. “Even if he hits a couple of boundaries, it’s crucial not to retreat into a defensive mindset. Keep challenging him, keep trying to outthink him. The moment you become predictable, he’ll dominate,” he warned.

In conclusion, while Suryakumar Yadav’s prowess in the T20 format is undeniable, like every batsman, he has areas that can be targeted. Sanjay Manjrekar’s insights offer a strategic blueprint, but it will be up to the teams and their think-tanks to implement these on the field. As the T20 game evolves, such battles of skill and wit only promise to make it even more exciting for fans across the globe.

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