Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav, an Indian batsman, received praise from followers on social media when he scored an incredible 68 runs off just 40 deliveries against South Africa on Sunday in Perth at the T20 World Cup.

After Suryakumar Yadav’s lightning-quick knock against the Proteas put India back in the game, Indian cricket fans were in awe of him. At 49/5, the Men in Blue were facing certain defeats, but Suryakumar Yadav played brilliantly and eventually scored his second consecutive fifty in the important match in Australia.

Suryakumar Yadav made history by being just the third player to surpass 900 runs in T20Is in a single calendar year. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, both from Pakistan, are included on the elite list in addition to Suryakumar Yadav.

Suryakumar Yadav

Babar Azam amassed 939 runs from 29 matches in 2021, whereas Mohammad Rizwan led the way in 2020 with 1326 runs from 29 matches. Internet users praised Suryakumar Yadav highly despite the fact that India lost against South Africa by 5 wickets, calling his innings “surreal.”

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis both praised Suryakumar Yadav for his heroics in Perth. Suryakumar Yadav was considered to be as dangerous as he is in T20Is because of his aggressive attitude to the game regardless of the circumstances, according to Faf du Plessis and Stephen Fleming.

“His skillset is so high that as a bowler you don’t feel like you can tie him down to certain areas. He’s got all the different shots, scores in all the different areas,” Faf du Plessis told ESPNcricinfo.

“The thing that stands out for me with him is his composure. With a guy who has got so many shots, I almost never see him be frantic and feel rushed. He’s just got this calmness about him,” he stated.

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“He knows when to pull that trigger, go through the gears, and he just always looks calm. He’s just a fantastic T20 player to watch. He’s the perfect guy that, as a youngster, you look at how you go through different gears at different stages of the game,” Faf du Plessis added.

“It’s difficult to find an area of weakness. He just has a really positive mindset. And he has a very open and aggressive stance which allows him to play in a lot of unusual areas.

So he’s sort of created a technique which bowlers are finding it hard to find the right lengths [against] because if they’re full he’ll hit all the way over cover or around; if they’re fractionally short he’ll go over third man and point,” Stephen Fleming said.

“And anything straight, he’s very good with the short ball. So he’s developed a technique that’s very hard to find an area of weakness [in],” Stephen Fleming noted.

Sidharth Monga, a cricket journalist, gave him the highest praise, saying that his innings in Perth were “really exceptional” given that it was played on one of the fastest pitches in the sport.

Suryakumar Yadav’s knock never slowed down despite wickets falling all around him as he smashed his way to a blistering 68 off 40 balls.

“In Sydney Suryakumar made a mockery of the need for a set batter in the last 10 overs, which have been far more productive than the front 10 in this World Cup. In Perth he played a truly special knock on probably the fastest and bounciest track he might have played on.

It was definitely the fastest and bounciest of this World Cup, what with first slip standing at almost the edge of the 30-yard ring when South Africa bowled. Suryakumar’s innings came against a quick four-man pace attack. From a dire situation,” Sidharth Monga wrote in his analysis for ESPNCricinfo.

“In a match where runs came at 6.75 an over, Suryakumar went at over 10. He scored more than half of India’s runs in exactly one-third the balls. Nobody on either side scored more. Nobody scored quicker. He made the pace and the bounce his friend, jumping inside the line and helping balls along behind square.

His best shot perhaps was the flat-bat slap back over Kagiso Rabada’s head for four. Perhaps not quite Virat Kohli vs Haris Rauf levels, but this was still a shot to be marvelled at: off the back foot, against a genuine fast bowler on the bounciest track of the tournament, and back down the ground for four,” Sidharth Monga added.

“Suryakumar went after just the fourth ball he faced, one ball after Deepak Hooda’s wicket had left India 42 for 4 in the eighth over. It would soon become for 49 for 5 in the ninth, but Suryakumar hit Anrich Nortje for a six in the next over. It wasn’t as though he wasn’t clinical: he targeted Keshav Maharaj, taking 25 off 12 balls from him,” Sidharth Monga concluded.

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