The Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav is going through a blistering form, flourishing at every opportunity he gets. Suryakumar, a complete pyrotechnic batter, has spearheaded India’s middle order for quite some time now and forged match-winning innings.
The right-handed batter, yet again flashed his prowess when he netted a century in the second T20 international match against New Zealand. Moreover, Surya seemed to be batting on a different trajectory as he hammered an unbeaten 111 runs off 51 balls on a track where the majority of the Indian batter had trouble getting going.
To exemplify, India scored 191/6 in their 20 overs last night, wherein Surya secured 111 (51) runs while the rest of the batters only managed to stitch 69 runs off 69 deliveries excluding the extras. Moreover, Suryakumar has executed 130 fours and 79 maximums from 768 deliveries he faced in T20Is.
Going through a purple patch, Suryakumar is having an exhilarating year with the bat. Suryakumar is the leading run-scorer in 2022 in the shortest format. The northpaw has secured 1151 runs in 2022, with a mind-boggling strike rate of 188.37. Moreover, Surya has also registered 9 half-centuries and 2 centuries in the same year with a hefty average of 47.95.
Suryakumar was also India’s second-highest run-scorer and third-highest run-getter in the recently concluded World T20. The aggressive batter bagged 239 on an average of 59.75 on the biggest stage of world cricket.
Drew McIntyre Reacts To Suryakumar Yadav’s Ton
Following this, Surya’s second international T20 ton erupted the social media, and many famous personalities surfaced their outlook. Drew McIntyre, the former WWE champion also surprisingly expressed his views and tweeted the following:
The 32-year-old was also awarded the player of the match for his pyrotechnics. During the post-match presentation, he said, “The plan was clear when I went into bat. At the 12th/13th over, we thought about batting deep, and getting around 170-175 was a par score. Secret (behind his freak shots) is about the intent and you need to enjoy yourself.”
“It’s also about the work you do in the practice sessions. It’s a great feeling coming here, having a full game and going 1-0 in the series feels good. I feel that I didn’t think too much about what was happening. Just had my game plan and it worked well. Fantastic crowd here.”
Additionally, Suryakumar has now won the most player of matches for India in a calendar year. His 7 player of match awards in 30 innings have surpassed Kohli’s 6 awards in 13 innings.
In pursuit of 192, the Kiwi batters only managed to post 126 on board in less than 20 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj, marking their return, bowled exceptional lines a finished their stint on 2/26 and 2/24 respectively. Meanwhile, it was part-timer Deepak Hooda’s 4/10 in 2.5 overs that bamboozled the New Zealand line-up and wrapped them up.
As far as the Blackcaps are concerned, Captain Kane Williamson’s 61 (52) was the only positive for them as the rest of the batting line-up collapsed. With this victory, India has won their 9 consecutive victories against New Zealand in the T20I bilateral series.
SKY’s unbelievable hitting has assisted India to gain a 1-0 lead in the series. The men in blue will now face New Zealand in Napier for the third and final T20 international before locking horns in the One-day series.