Suryakumar Yadav Cements His Status As India’s Top T20I Batter With Big Record

Suryakumar Yadav played a match-winning knockout in 1st T20I vs South Africa© AFP

Suryakumar Yadav’s status as India’s best T20I batter of recent times has been reaffirmed when he became the top scorer in a single calendar year with 732 runs, surpassing Shikhar Dhawan’s 689 in 2018. South Africa on a seam track in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, is just 24 runs short to complete 1000 runs in the format.

His strike rate in 2022 is a whopping 180.29, while his career strike rate is a whopping 173.35 in 32 games. He has already reached 57 sixes and 88 limits in his career so far. Suryakumar came in at number 4 in the first T20I against South Africa, with India narrowed to 17/2 in the seventh over, hitting two sixes from his first three balls to give the innings a change in momentum after a slow start.

He went unbeaten on 50 from 33 balls as India reached the goal with more than three overs to spare and eight wickets in hand.

With the two sixes early in the innings, Suryakumar also went past Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan to score the most sixes in any calendar year in T20Is. Rizwan held the record for his 42 sixes in 2021, while Martin Guptill also broke 41 sixes the same year.

Suryakumar has already brought his number of sixes to 45 in 2022, a record in all T20Is, with three months left to widen the gap with Rizwan.

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While it took Rizwan 26 innings to hit 42 sixes, Suryakumar broke the record by hitting five fewer.

Suryakumar rises to second in the latest MRF Tires ICC T20I men’s player ranking with 801 rating points after his half-century in the third and final T20I against Australia in Hyderabad.

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