Suryakumar Yadav an unorthodox batsman from India made his International debut in T20I cricket at 30 years of age, which is rarely seen in Indian Cricket. He played his first international match in the 5-match T20I series against England on 14th March 2021 though he did not get the opportunity to bat in that innings then later in the fourth T20I Virat Kohli sent Suryakumar at number 3.
When he came to bat, England’s star pacer Jofra Archer bowled a bouncer to him which Surya sent into the stands over Fine-Leg, with this he also became the 7th T20I batsman to hit the first ball for six to start his innings. In that match, SKY scored 57 runs in 31 balls with a strike rate of 183.87 including 6 fours and 3 sixes. After registering a fifty in his first batting innings, with this he also became the 5th Indian batsman to do so.
2021, International exposure
Suryakumar Yadav had a decent season in IPL 2021, where he scored 317 runs with a strike rate of 143.43 including 40 fours and 10 sixes. By the end of the calendar year 2021, Suryakumar Yadav scored 244 runs with a strike rate of 155.41 and averaged 35 in the 9 innings of the T20I cricket, which is also very good stats for a newcomer like him.
2022 for Suryakumar Yadav, a year to remember
In the year 2022 especially when India toured England, he has been very dangerous since then. While chasing a 200-plus total, he smashed a brilliant century of 117 runs in 55 balls with a strike rate of 213. His real journey in the T20I career started from that innings and after that, he scored 1408 runs with a massive strike rate of 181 by the end of the 2022 T20I calendar. In the 2022 year, he scored 1164 runs with a strike rate of 187.43 in just 31 innings including 68 sixes and 106 fours. He also achieved the ICC T20I Ranking 1 during the T20 World Cup 2022.
After the end of the T20 World Cup, he also featured in the New Zealand tour as well. There he scored another century against the mighty Kiwi’s pace attack.
Obviously, with these numbers, he broke many records and registered some very good stats as well. Let’s have a look at some of his brilliant stats:
1164: First Indian batsman to score 1000 plus runs in a single calendar year and also to score the most number of runs in the T20I 2022 calendar.
1164: The second batsman after Mohammad Rizwan to score 1000 plus runs in a calendar year.
187.43: Till now since the beginning of the T20I cricket, he is the only batsman with the best strike rate also with a minimum of 400 runs to end the calendar year run.
1164: Second-best the highest score of a calendar year, first was by Mohammad Rizwan’s 1326 in the 2021 year.
68: The first batsman in the world to score 50 plus sixes in a single calendar year.
106: The Second batsman to score 100 plus fours in a calendar year after Rizwan’s 119 fours.
174: Batsman with the most number of boundaries including both fours and sixes.
117: Third-highest T20I score by an Indian batsman after Virat’s 122, and Rohit’s 118.
2: Most number of centuries by an Indian batsman in SENA countries in T20Is.
Why Suryakumar Yadav is different from others in T20 cricket?
One major difference between Suryakumar Yadav and other batters is that Surya always has more than one option for a particular line and length so with the help of this he can play 360 degrees of cricket by hammering the bowlers all over the park. In one of the interviews, Rohit Sharma told that Surya enjoys playing on the big grounds because he can easily find gaps to play risk-free cricket. Also, he always plays his natural game irrespective of the situation he does not like to go run a ball, especially in T20I, he always looks for the boundaries in every 2-3 deliveries.
T20 cricket is evolving day by day and each team wants to reach the 120 runs mark within 12 to 13 overs due to this Suryakumar’s nature of keeping the strike rate high from one end which also sets the best template to play the T20s.