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.”