India will face Pakistan tomorrow in the Asia Cup Super Four. India has no shortage of stars in this jaw-dropping match. Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli are there, along with them there is one more.
It is not an exaggeration to say that he is the shining sun in the Indian cricket sky at the moment. You got it right, Suryakumar Yadav!
You must have seen Suryakumar’s innings in India’s last Asia Cup match against Hong Kong.
Kohli scored 59 from 44 balls against the bowlers of Hong Kong, which is far behind India in terms of strength, Suryakumar scored 68 from 26 balls! No, it cannot be said that Suryakumar has surpassed Kohli in terms of ability. But you are on that path.
Otherwise, Kohli would not have said these things after winning that match, ‘This is the first time I have seen him from very close (at the other end of the wicket). You can say, I was blown away by his innings. I really believe, if he can keep up the way he has played, he will change the face of the match against any team.’
What Suryakumar will do in the future is left in the hands of time. For now, it can be said that there is no better performance than him in T20 batting for India this year. Suryakumar is the third highest run-scorer in T20s this year among ICC full member nations.
Nicholas Pooran of West Indies (553 runs in 18 matches) and Sikandar Raja of Zimbabwe (516 runs in 16 matches) are ahead of him. Suryakumar is third with 514 runs in 14 matches. Puran (36.86) and Raja (39.69) behind Suryakumar (42.83) in batting average. No one else has a higher strike rate than him in the top ten—190.37!
Shreyas Iyer is the second highest run scorer for India in T20 this year with 449 runs in 14 matches. Batting average is ahead of Sun (44.90) but behind in strike rate (142.99). To be honest, Suryakumar has the highest strike rate among batsmen who have played at least 10 T20Is this year among the ICC’s full member countries.
This is about the strike rate. Surya also has the highest innings for India in T20 International this year. He played an innings of 117 runs off 55 balls against England in Nottingham last July.
Apart from Surya, only Deepak Hooda scored a century for India in T20 this year. He played an innings of 104 runs against Ireland in Dublin last June.
Since T20 is a four-six game, that calculation can also be looked at. Surya has hit the most sixes for India this year. 31 in 14 matches.
Iyer has the second highest number of sixes (19) in T20Is for India this year. Apart from West Indies’ Rovman Powell (36), no one has hit more sixes than him among players from the ICC’s full member nations.
Suryakumar is leading among Indian players as well. He has 48 fours so far this year. Ishan Kishan 46 fours and two.
Suryakumar also gave India a match-winning performance this year. Man of the match maximum 3 times. Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya are behind Surya as Man of the Match twice.
Now tell me, who has such a performance in the bat this year, there is no way not to call him the sun in the sky of Indian cricket!