Srinagar: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was amoung the the person’s to praise Team India middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav for his amazing ton against England in third T20I in a losing cause.
Suryakumar or SKY heroics with the bat went in vain as India succumbed to a 17-run defeat to England in the third and final T20I of the series. The right-handed batsman reached his century in merely 48 balls, as he became the fifth Indian batter to reach the three-figure mark. India captain Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul, and Deepak Hooda had earlier scored centuries in the shortest format of the game so far.
India fell short on 198-9, in response to England’s imposing 215-7.
He may have not steered the visiting team past the finish line, but Suryakumar earned high praise from former players and fans.
“Amazing Hundred @surya_14kumar!There were quite a few brilliant shots but those scoop 6s over point were just spectacular.#ENGvIND,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.
Virender Sehwag also lauded Suryakumar for his “crazy” stroke play. “Wow SKY! Surya shining at it’s brightest. Crazy hitting #IndvEng,” he tweeted.
India captain Rohit Sharma while praising SKY said, “It was a fantastic chase and we are proud of our fight. Suryakumar Yadav was magnificent to watch. I have been watching him for a while and he loves this format, he is unorthodox and has a wide range of shots. He never lets the tempo go.”
Rohit said Suryakumar has grown strength to strength since his inclusion in the national side. “He has grown from strength to strength since we got him into the squad. They put us under pressure with their batting. A decent partnership put us on the back foot.”
Opposition captain Jos Buttler, who won his first game as England’s full-time white-ball captain, also lavished praise on the Indian. “It was some innings from Suryakumar Yadav,” said Buttler. “It was one of the best hundreds that I’ve seen and he put us under a lot of pressure.”