Suryakumar Yadav Creates New Record, Becoming First Indian to Hit 1,000 T20I Runs in a Calendar Year, Only 2nd Player in History to Reach Feat

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.

KL Rahul. PC- Getty

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.

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- Getty
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- Getty

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.

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