Surya slammed a 33-ball 50 in India’s eight-wicket win South Africa on a tricky track in the series opener.
“From what I’ve seen over the past few months, I personally think he’s probably the best T20 batter right now. He scores 360-degree points, which is very difficult for bowlers to defend,” Parnell said the night before of the second and penultimate T20I of the series.
“It’s about being strong and concentrating on every ball. He’s allowed to play good shots but he was also lucky the other day. He’s certainly a guy I’ve enjoyed watching over the past few months. He certainly plays good cricket ‘ Parnell said.
Parnell insisted their flop show in the first T20I was an aberration and there is no need to panic ahead of the T20 World Championship in Australia.
“It’s just one of those things. It wasn’t a good T20 wicket and they bowled really well, but our batsmen have been world class in recent years so there’s no need to panic,” he said.
On their smooth show on the power play as they stuttered 9-5, Parnell said, “It’s kind of a catch-22 situation really. Surely experience tells you that a new ball will swing, so you have to watch the first one – two overs.”
“We have to give credit to the Indian sailors who bowled really well. We have to find ways to counter that in the second game.”
Kagiso Rabada and Parnell hit the right lengths but the likes of Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi struggled in the first game as the visitors seemed a step short.
“Competition is good for the spots. Every single fast bowler is different and has different skills. This is a positive sign for us. It also means that if we’re faced with a certain condition, we can play a certain group of fast bowlers. Personally, I think it’s really exciting to have the diversity that we have,” he said.
Regarding the preparation for the World Cup, he said: “The last few months have been very good. We were here in June, then went on a UK tour and came back here before going to Australia. Everyone is in a really good mood and looking forward to the next couple of T20Is and the ODIs.”