Srinagar: Continuing his stunning form, India’s Suryakumar Yadav or call him SKY made history for India on Sunday during his match-defining knock against Zimbabwe.
Yadav struck 61 off just 25 balls to put the Zimbabwe bowlers to the sword late on, lifting India from a chaseable target to 186/5 – something that proved out of their opponents’ reach.
And in scoring his half-century, SKY went past 1000 runs in T20 Internationals in 2022.
The 32-year-old is the first Indian to achieve the feat and only the second player ever to do so, following in the footsteps of Mohammad Rizwan in 2021, with the Pakistan opener finishing with 1326 runs last year.
SKY’s achievement is even more extraordinary considering he has made his record run return batting most frequently at number four, limiting the number of deliveries faced substantially. Rizwan’s enormous haul last year came from 983 balls, whereas Yadav’s total has been hit off just 550.
That is the biggest contrast with many of the other top run-scorers in the all-time T20I list – Yadav has accumulated his sizeable number of runs at an extremely fast pace.
In 2022 so far, Yadav has hit 1026 runs at an average of 44.60 and a strike rate of 186.54.
Averaging more than 40 in T20Is is world-class in itself. Hitting at a strike rate in excess of 180 is also world-class.
To combine the two is breaking new ground; SKY’s batting feats are changing the game in front of our very eyes.
The finish to his innings against Zimbabwe just hammered home that point, as Yadav somehow flicked a full ball from well outside his off stump over his shoulder and away for six at fine leg, prompting the commentator to exclaim: “You can’t do that! Wow!
“There was a sluggishness to the innings and it took him to break it, it took him to get the innings going, and he’s kept going. It’s a gem of an innings, as many of his fans have become accustomed to whenever it is that he takes to the crease.”