Tim Southee had nothing but words of praise for Suryakumar Yadav, who had a brilliant performance in the T20i match against New Zealand. He made a big difference on the field with his performance. His team could not match India.
"Anytime a T20 player gets a hundred in a match, it's quite often the difference. You look at the rest of the side and the way we sort of batted, his innings was miles apart from anything else we saw today. Probably made them get to a score that was probably a little bit more than what we were hoping for.
It was an exceptional innings and it was the difference between restricting India to 175-180 and then getting above 190," said Southee, as quoted by cricbuzz.
"That's probably the way to sum it up - never really got going.
Anytime it looked like it was about to get going, we lost a wicket. That's credit to the way India bowled. They had a decent score on the board. If you're able to take regular wickets and early wickets, then that makes that score even bigger.
Just not able to get going and when you're chasing a score like that, you need to blunt it with a decent partnership at some stage."
Tim Southee on Indians
Southee praised the Indian team considering that they have been maintaining quality for years and producing players who are one of the best.
"He's a player that can hit you and hurt you in a number of areas. He's had a great 12-18 months in IPL, international cricket. Came up against a pretty impressive knock today. The guys will reassess and come up with something for Napier," said Southee.
"There's been a number of great T20 players from India. They produce so many good cricketers. Sky's had a great 12 months. It's there for him to continue to do so and continue to play the way he has. But you look at guys that have played for a long period of time and achieved so much over a long period of time ... India have always produced amazing cricketers not only in T20 cricket but across all three formats."