On the morning of the decisive T20I match against Australia in Hyderabad on Sunday, Suryakumar Yadav was ill. However, he didn’t allow his illness prevent him from taking part in the game.
“I won’t just sit out saying it’s an illness. So do whatever, give me whatever pills or injection you want, but just get me ready for the game in the evening. Once you go into the match and wear that India jersey, the emotions are totally different.”
Finally, Suryakumar not only entered the field but also significantly aided India in winning the series. In a century partnership with Virat Kohli, he scored 69 in just 36 balls, helping India overcome a top-order stutter to chase down 187 in the last over.
Suryakumar displayed his signature 360-degree game while hitting five fours and as many sixes. He passed Mohammad Rizwan to become 2022’s leading T20I scorer during the course of his innings. In 20 innings thus far this season, he has scored 682 runs with a strikeout rate of 182.84.
The total includes a hundred and four half-centuries against England at Trent Bridge. On the ICC rankings, his remarkable run of form propelled him to third place among all T20I batters, after Pakistan’s Rizwan and South Africa’s Aiden Markram.
When questioned about his success motto, exude confidence, SKY said
“I practice the same way as I want to bat in the match,”
“I believe in just one thing: go and express yourself. If my success rate is above 75%, why not? I just think when I walk out, if I’m batting well, then I try to carry that phase on and try and finish off games.”
Indian skipper Rohit Shamra also praised Suryakumar
Even though Suryakumar didn’t complete the game on Sunday, he had brought India close to a victory. He holed out to long-on after hitting Josh Hazlewood for six and a four earlier in the 14th over. When he was dismissed, India needed 53 runs off of six overs and had seven wickets left.
India’s captain Rohit Sharma lavished admiration on his coworker during the news conference.
“When it comes to Surya, we all know the quality he has,”
“He can play shots all over the ground. And that is what makes him special. He has been very consistent with the bat. Every time he has gotten an opportunity, he has played an important innings for us.”
“Every time I see him, he has taken his game a notch higher which is a good sign as a player. Whenever you see that you can raise the level of your skills of what the team expects from you, it’s always a good sign. I can see that in Surya, every game that I see of him, every game that he plays, he seems to be getting better and better every time. And today was an exceptional innings.”
“To come out and play the innings that he played, we were two down in the powerplay. And to take the game away, literally, from the opposition was a fantastic effort. And not to forget Virat on the other side as well, what a crucial, crucial partnership, 100 partnership. From the team’s perspective it was a good sign.”
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