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Shastri advises struggling SKY to settle down first on crease



Photo: Suryakumar Yadav

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Mumbai Indians batter Suryakumar Yadav needs to be a little more patient early in his innings, according to former India head coach Ravi Shastri.

The top-ranked T20 batter in the world, Suryakumar (or SKY for short), has recently struggled and was dismissed for three first-ball ducks in the home one-day series against Australia last month.

In his two appearances for Mumbai, the 32-year-old scored 15 and one. Mumbai will be seeking their first victory of the year when they take on the host Delhi Capitals later on Tuesday.

"There's going to be light at the end of the tunnel, he's going to be seeing that very soon and when he sees that, he's going to grab it and make the most of it." Shastri told the Cricinfo website ahead of the match.

"So the advice to him would be just give yourself a little bit of time early on, even though it's T20 cricket."

Suryakumar, who is well-known for his daring strokeplay and 175+ strike rate in T20 Internationals, often attacks right away, but Shastri advised him to take some time to settle in at the crease.

"One good hit and you're on your way. That's what he needs - one good hit, and a little bit of time at the crease. Not 20-30 minutes, maybe six balls or eight balls, and I think he'd be fine" he added.