Surya kumar Yadav continued his rich form as he broke into the second century of his T20I career in the second T20I of the three-game series against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
Yadav took just 49 balls to lift his century in the penultimate over of India’s innings. He then crushed a four and a six but was unable to attack in the final as India made a total of 191/6 in their quota of 20 overs. Yadav remained unbeaten with 111 of 51 balls, an inning of 11 fours, and seven huge sixes.
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This was also his second international centenary of the year, with his first coming in another T20I against England earlier this year. Yadav has amassed 1151 runs in T20I in 2022, the most of any batsman, with excellent average and strike rates of 47.95 and 188.37 respectively.
He was also one of the top batsmen for India at the T20 World Cup in Australia recently, where he racked up 239 runs with an excellent average of 59.75 and a mind-boggling strike rate of 189.68. That also applies to the fifties in crucial matches against South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands.
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Surya kumar Yadav won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant 51 runs from 25 balls filled with incredible stroke play for India against Zimbabwe at the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
His exploits during the tournament also helped him become the No. 1 batsman in the ICC T20I rankings and it looks like he won’t be leaving the spot anytime soon.
The 32-year-old made his Indian debut last year in a T20I against England in Ahmedabad. He also made his ODI debut early on, with his first game against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July 2021. He has played 13 ODIs to date, scoring 340 runs at an average of 34. But he has mostly earned his fame through his T20I exploits which have amassed 1,395 runs in the format to date, including two hundred and fifty-twelve.
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Speaking about his tackles at halftime, Surya kumar said: “In T20 cricket, a hundred was special, but it was also important for me to bat until the end, Hardik told me.
“We needed a score of 190-195 and are glad we got there. We said on the 16th we wanted to go deeper with only Hooda and Washington behind us. I’ve done the same on the nets and all the training.”
India eventually won the match quite comprehensively when they knocked out New Zealand with 126. Skipper Kane Williamson was the hosts’ top scorer, as he scored 61 from 52 deliveries. Part-time spinner Deepak Hooda was the choice of Indian bowlers as he set excellent marks of 4/10.
Surya kumar was again named Man of the Match for his outstanding percussion.
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The fact that no other batter except Yadav was able to maintain a high batting percentage in the game showed that the field was not the easiest to hit. Players like Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have also worried Indian batsmen in the past.
However, they did not respond to a series of inside-out shots from SKY, who continued to aim for the short limit. This was followed by several mind-boggling shots such as the fine leg scoop and simply opening the bat’s face over the third man for a six.
Yadav’s hundred showed why he is arguably the best T20 batsman in the world right now. Now that the Men in Blue are assured they can’t lose the series, it will be interesting to see if they make any changes for the third T20I in Napier on Tuesday, November 22.
SKY T20I Stats
- Surya kumar Yadav’s scores since his maiden T20I Century against England in Nottingham: 117,24, 11, 76, 24, 18, 68*, 13, 34, 6, 46, 0, 69, 50*, 61, 8, 15, 51*, 68, 30, 61*, 14, 111*.
- Surya kumar Yadav’s runs in 2022: 1151* in 30 innings. 2 centuries & 9 half-centuries.
- Performance Overseas: In the 2021-22 calendar year, SKY has scored 458* runs at an average of 50.88 and a strike rate of 189.25. Both his centuries have come overseas and he has also slammed 2 fifties.
- Squad for New Zealand T20Is: Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Surya kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC and WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik.