KL Rahul scored his second successive fifty of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 with all class and power, while Suryakumar Yadav added to the fireworks with a whirlwind half-century to help India reach a mammoth 186/5 in 20 overs against Zimbabwe in their final Group 2 match in the Super 12 stage on Sunday, November 6.
Rahul gave India a good start with his 51 runs off 35 balls, including three fours and three sixes. He put on a 60-run partnership off 48 balls for the second wicket with Virat Kohli.
Suryakumar changed the tempo of the match with absolutely insane striking of the ball in a death overs, and scored 61 runs off just 25 balls with six fours and four sixes at a strike rate of 244. India got 79 runs in the last five overs with his trademark scoops and mesmerizing lofted shots.
The 31-year-old batsman became the first Indian to score 1,000 runs in Twenty20 internationals in a calendar year. He reached the milestone in his 28th innings in 2022 and is also the leading run-scorer this year in the shortest format of the game. Overall, he is the second batter in T20I history to achieve 1000 runs in a calendar year, after Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan in 2021.
Suryakumar has been in excellent form this year, with nine half-centuries and a maiden T20I century against England in June. The batter scored 1026 runs in 28 matches with a stunning strike rate of 186.54 and has smashed 59 sixes this year so far.
Highest Run-scorers In A Calendar Year:
- Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) – 1326
- Suryakumar Yadav (India) – 1026*
- Babar Azam (Pakistan) – 939
- Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) – 924*
- Paul Stirling (Ireland) – 748
Highest Run-scorers In 2022 So Far:
- Suryakumar Yadav (India) – 1026
- Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) – 924
- Virat Kohli (India) – 731
- Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe) – 701
- Babar Azam (Pakistan) – 650
Since making his debut in March 2021, the 32-year-old has played 39 matches and scored 1270 runs at an average of 42.23. In the ongoing T20 World Cup, he is the third-leading scorer. He has scored 225 runs from five innings with an average of 75 and an incredible strike rate of 193.96, including three half-centuries.