Suryakumar scores yet another T20I century

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In the second Twenty20 round of the three-match series against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, Suryakumar Yadav continued his hot streak by smashing the second century of his T20I career.

In the penultimate over of India’s innings, Yadav needed just 49 deliveries to get his century. After that, he hit a four and a six, but he was unable to obtain a strike in the final over, resulting in India scoring 191/6 in their allotted 20 overs. With 11 fours and seven enormous sixes in his innings, Yadav finished unbeaten on 111 from 51 deliveries.

This was also his second century against England in an international match this year; the first came in a T20I earlier in the year. The highest among all batsmen, Yadav has amassed 1151 runs in T20Is in 2022, with a fantastic average and strike rate of 47.95 and 188.37, respectively.

Additionally, he was among India’s top batters during the last T20 World Cup in Australia, scoring 239 runs at a brilliant average of 59.75 and a staggering strike rate of 189.68. This includes 50 points in pivotal contests with South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands.

His performances during the competition also helped him rise to the top spot among batters in the ICC T20I rankings, and it doesn’t appear that he will be vacating that spot very soon.

The 32-year-old made his international debut for India against England in a T20I last year in Ahmedabad. Additionally, he went on to play in his first ODI soon after, taking on Sri Lanka in Colombo in July 2021. He has participated in 13 ODIs and scored 340 runs at an average of 34. However, he has primarily been famous for his T20I achievements, having amassed 1395 runs in the format to date, including two hundreds and 12 fifties.

During the mid-game break, Suryakumar commented on his performance, saying, “In T20 cricket, a hundred was incredibly amazing, but Hardik advised me it was equally crucial for me to bat until the end.

India bowled New Zealand out for 126 to win the game quite handily in the end. Kane Williamson, the captain, led the home team in scoring with 61 points from 52 shots. Deepak Hooda, a part-time spinner, was the best Indian bowler, recording outstanding statistics of 4/10.


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