Suryakumar Yadav has surpassed Virat Kohli’s record in the 2nd T20I at the Bay Oval. India defeated New Zealand by 65 runs in the second T20I on Sunday to grab a 1-0 lead over the hosts.
Hardik Pandya’s Team India crushed Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the second T20I of the three-match series on Sunday at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval. Suryakumar Yadav’s magnificent century powered Team India to a comfortable win over the Black Caps in the series’ penultimate match. He also outperformed Kohli in the second T20I at Bay Oval.
Suryakumar Yadav led the Men in Blue’s batting attack in the absence of ace cricketer Kohli, skipper Rohit Sharma, and vice-captain KL Rahul. As India posted a challenging total of 191-6 in 20 overs, the in-form batter smashed his second T20I century. Suryakumar stayed undefeated on 111 off 51 balls. He was named the Player of the Match for his spectacular batting performance.
Suryakumar has now got Player of the Match seven times in the shortest format. He has received more Player of the Match awards than any other Indian player. On Sunday, the in-form batsman surpassed Kohli to tie Sikandar Raja’s record of seven Player of the Match awards in Twenty20 International cricket. Former Indian captain Kohli and Uganda’s Dinesh Nakrani have both received the prestigious award six times in T20Is.
Suryakumar scored the match-winning century in the second T20I on Sunday, matching Rohit Sharma’s milestone of two hundreds in the shortest format in the same year. Earlier, Rohit became the first Indian batsman to accomplish this rare accomplishment in T20Is in 2018.
The manner in which he peppered the Bay Oval boundary was evidence of his exceptional shot-making, which has drawn comparisons to former South African batter AB de Villiers, who was known for his 360-degree batting.
Surya’s innings drew praise from both current and former players, with Virat Kohli’s tweet comparing his batting to a video game becoming a viral hit.
Suryakumar Yadav may be the undisputed batter in the shortest format of the game, but New Zealand pacer Tim Southee believes he has yet to become the best T20 player in international competition. Although, Suryakumar Yadav, India’s top-ranked batter in the ICC Men’s T20I batting rankings, blasted a sensational century to help Hardik Pandya’s side thrash New Zealand in the second T20I on Sunday.
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