The cricketing world’s current batting sensation is Suryakumar Yadav. According to the ICC T20I batting rankings, he is the best batsman. He is a unique batter because of the variety of shots he can take and the exceptional confidence he exudes, no matter the circumstance. The great player put on a similar display in India’s second Twenty20 match of the current three-match series against New Zealand in Lucknow. Suryakumar Yadav struck only 26 not out of 31 balls, but given the game’s circumstances, that was more than enough to win the match.
A self-destructive New Zealand was held to 99 for eight, their lowest total ever against India in the shortest format, thanks to the impressive performance of the trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, and Kuldeep Yadav on a helpful surface. The top order, which included Ishan Kishan (19 off 32), Shubman Gill (11 off 9), and Rahul Tripathi (13 off 18), struggled once more in the spin-friendly conditions even though it should have been a simple run chase.
The slow wicket and a methodical bowling approach from the New Zealanders enabled the visitors to contain the Hardik Pandya-led side when India was later reduced to 70 for 4. To get the hosts home, Hardik and Suryakumar Yadav combined for a crucial 31 runs for the fifth wicket, with the latter hitting the winning runs on the penultimate ball of the game. Before going into depth about how domestic cricket and the team’s senior players also helped him learn the skill, Suryakumar gave an indirect nod to former India captain MS Dhoni when a reporter asked him about his “cool approach” on difficult wickets.
“T20 series started in Ranchi so maybe that calm attitude came from there. But I guess a lot of domestic cricket which I played before making my international debut that has helped me a lot. Because of the grind that we have there, we play on challenging tracks and you have to apply yourselves, so whatever I have learned there I have carried here. Rest whatever I have learned is by watching the senior players and talking to them about how they tackle various difficult situations,” he said.
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