Suryakumar Yadav is currently among the finest T20 batsmen in the world, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that. He is the best, some may say.
Making a name for yourself in a batting order with Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli at the top, and Hardik Pandya, and Dinesh Karthik as finishers, is a herculean task, but SKY, as Suryakumar is affectionately referred to, has not only managed to hold his own but has also emerged as another superstar in the Indian unit.
With a dominant 71-run victory over Zimbabwe in their final Super 12 match, Team India clinched first in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup. The team will play England for a spot in the title game after earlier in the day, the Netherlands’ dramatic victory over South Africa earned them a spot in the semi-finals.
In India’s encounter against Zimbabwe in Melbourne, Suryakumar Yadav stole the show with six fours and four sixes on his way to an unbeaten 61 off just 25 deliveries.
Suryakumar Yadav’s a great performer for India: Andy Flower
“He’s a great performer for India and a player enjoying full flow right now, and his performance is always improving day by day. Suryakumar appears to be superbly confident in his method and composed, and we witness him hitting balls according to fielding in every area,” Andy Flower remarked on ESPN Cricinfo.
After Rohit Sharma (15) and Virat Kohli (26) were bowled early in the innings, India had a tense start, but KL Rahul continued his outstanding form with another half-century, striking a vital 51 off 35 deliveries to help steady the Indian innings alongside Suryakumar.
Dinesh Karthik was replaced in India’s starting lineup by Rishabh Pant, however, the former’s innings were ended by Ryan Burl’s amazing diving catch on the boundary line. Suryakumar put together a 65-run partnership with Hardik Pandya (18) after Pant was dismissed on 3 and used mostly power-hitting to finish the innings strong with 21 runs in the final over.
India eventually finished out Zimbabwe’s innings at 115, recording their fourth victory of the group and taking the lead with 8 points. On Thursday in Adelaide, India will play host to England.