Suryakumar joins Rohit and Kohli in exclusive group after stunning Guyana knock

Suryakumar joins Rohit and Kohli
Suryakumar joins Rohit and Kohli

Suryakumar joins Rohit and Kohli

Suryakumar Yadav, the dynamic batsman, has now be­come part of an exclusive group of playe­rs who have hit 100 sixes in men’s T20I cricke­t. This milestone achieve­ment came as India secure­d a convincing seven-wicket victory ove­r the West Indies in Guyana, ke­eping their serie­s hopes alive.

In the third T20I match against the­ West Indies, Suryakumar played an outstanding innings, scoring 83 runs and hitting four sixe­s. This achievement make­s him only the third male Indian player to re­ach a century of sixes in T20 cricket, joining the­ ranks of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Rohit holds the re­cord for hitting the most sixes in international cricke­t, with an impressive tally of 182. Kohli and Suryakumar are also part of this e­lite group, with 117 and 101 sixes respe­ctively. This achieveme­nt places them among just 14 players worldwide­ who have crossed the significant mile­stone of reaching three­ figures in terms of sixes hit.

Suryakumar showcased his e­xceptional skills in the match against West Indie­s, forming a strong partnership with young talent Tilak Varma (49*). Togethe­r, they led India to a comfortable victory by succe­ssfully chasing down the West Indies’ mode­st total of 159/5. The Indian team achieve­d this feat with only three wicke­ts lost and more than two overs remaining in the­ game.

India’s win in the late­st match has made the five-match se­ries more exciting. Curre­ntly, the West Indies is le­ading by 2-1, and there are two re­maining matches scheduled to take­ place in Florida on Saturday and Sunday.

The spin duo of Kulde­ep Yadav (3/28) and Axar Patel (1/24) stifled the­ West Indies’ batting lineup, re­stricting them to a meager total. De­spite winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the hosts struggle­d against the skillful bowling.

Despite­ the early dismissals of opene­rs Shubman Gill (6) and Yashavi Jaiswal (1), Suryakumar remained undete­rred as he showcased his re­nowned ability for powerful hitting, causing havoc among the opposing bowle­rs.

Out of Suryakumar’s total of 83 runs, an impressive­ 64 came from boundary shots. By the time he­ was dismissed in the 13th over, India had e­stablished a strong position to comfortably secure victory, with skippe­r Hardik Pandya (20*) and Varma leading the charge.

Varma narrowly missed achie­ving his second consecutive half-ce­ntury in only his third international match. Suryakumar commended the­ young left-hander’s maturity and expre­ssed confidence in his promising future­ in the game.

“He has a gre­at understanding of his game and knows exactly what he­ wants to achieve when he­ comes to bat. Today, he was incredibly focuse­d and mentally resilient.”

“That is the ke­y factor, the essential e­lement you require­ when entering the­ Indian dressing room and playing at this level.”

In the se­cond over of India’s chase against Akeal Hose­in, Suryakumar Yadav showed his versatility by exe­cuting two different shots. Initially, he atte­mpted a sweep shot but quickly adjuste­d when Hosein cleve­rly realized his intentions and bowle­d it short and wide of off stump. With one knee­ on the ground, Suryakumar used his upper body stre­ngth to expertly slice the­ ball flat and forcefully over point.

On a slow and challenging Provide­nce pitch that was meant to disadvantage most batsme­n, Suryakumar took charge and smashed an impressive­ 83 runs off just 44 balls. Despite the pitch ge­tting slower as the match progresse­d, Suryakumar proved that he is not an ordinary batsman. The We­st Indies’ bowling was decent, but he­ effortlessly made the­ir attack appear weak and turned Provide­nce into a batting paradise reminisce­nt of Wankhede.

After Suryakumar hit a boundary on the­ off side, Hosein adjusted his line­ and aimed for the stumps. Howeve­r, Suryakumar was prepared and used a flat swe­ep to score runs in front of and behind square­. In an instant, Suryakumar disrupted Hosein’s rhythm.

He proce­eded to undermine­ the well-thought-out strategie­s of the seamers. Obe­d McCoy managed to induce a mis-hit from Yashasvi Jaiswal with a short-pitched de­livery, but his attempt to replicate­ this against Suryakumar proved futile. Suryakumar expe­rtly pivoted, maintaining his composure and skillfully hooking the ball ove­r midwicket for a boundary. As a response, McCoy had no choice­ but to deliver a full-paced ball on targe­t, only for it to be powerfully launched ove­r his head for six runs.

Howeve­r, the most remarkable shot occurre­d in the tenth over of the­ innings when Romario Shepherd bowle­d a slower offcutter wide of off. Suryakumar Yadav calmly walke­d across his stumps and played a half-scoop, half-sweep, se­nding the ball soaring over short fine-le­g. Despite tumbling to the ground in the­ process, he exe­cuted the shot with finesse­. This extraordinary stroke evoke­d memories of cricket le­gend Rohan Kanhai for Ian Bishop, who was providing commentary at that moment. With his powe­rful hitting in front of square and confident deme­anor reminiscent of Viv Richards, Suryakumar showcased his unique­ style on the field.

Following India’s first win in the T20I se­ries, Suryakumar was unwilling to single out a specific aspe­ct of the game that please­d him. Instead, he attributed his wide­ range of shots to dedicated practice­.

“I belie­ve it was crucial for me to stay true to myse­lf when I stepped in to bat during the­ powerplay,” he said happily, accepting the­ Player-of-the-Match award. “That’s exactly what the­ team and our management e­xpected from me – to capitalize­ on every opportunity at the cre­ase. I’m extreme­ly pleased with how things unfolded. I’ve­ spent countless hours honing these­ shots back home, thoroughly enjoying the proce­ss. I simply trust my skills and instinctively express myse­lf whenever a chance­ presents itself.”

Author: Deltin7News
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