Team India cricketer Suryakumar Yadav has made a blistering start to his international career with a half-century against England in the fourth T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Mumbai cricketer came out to bat at a critical time in a crucial game and stood tall to deliver the goods for his side and bail his team out of danger.
Asked to bat first, India once again lost Rohit Sharma early to a slower delivery from English pacer Jofra Archer. Suryakumar Yadav sprinted his way to the middle ahead of Virat Kohli and stamped his authority right in his first ball in international cricket. He dispatched Archer to a massive six over the fine-leg fielder from a 150+kph delivery to open his account.
Since then, the 30-year-old batsman has looked fluent finding the gaps with ease. He has played some eye-soothing shots piercing the gaps with ease to find the boundary. While it looked India’s way, England pegged back with two quick wickets – KL Rahul and Virat Kohli to haunt the home side leaving them at 70 for three in 8.4 overs.
Suryakumar Yadav hits fifty in debut innings
However, it couldn’t manage to dent Suryakumar Yadav’s confidence as he continued to play his shots and brought his fifty with a boundary in just 28 deliveries. Soon after reaching his fifty, the right-handed batsman got out to a controversial catch after scoring 57 runs which included six boundaries and three massive sixes.
Meanwhile, the microblogging site Twitter was on fire soon after Suryakumar reached the magical landmark only in his first innings in international cricket. From Irfan Pathan to Yuvraj Singh to VVS Laxman, former cricketers jumped in to praise Suryakumar Yadav.
Here is how the Twitter reacted:
Congratulations @surya_14kumar for your first international 50. Many more to come.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 18, 2021
SKY is the Limit. SKY is limitless.
That’s it…that’s the tweet 🤟🙌 #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 18, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 18, 2021
What a start @surya_14kumar paji👏🏼
— Arshdeep Singh (@arshdeepsinghh) March 18, 2021
Virat giving his position to SKY is a telling move. Good to see. Now surya on debut needs to carry on.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 18, 2021
Feels so good to see surya bhai play❤️🇮🇳 #INDvsENG
— Riyan Parag (@ParagRiyan) March 18, 2021
Fearless. Innovative. Aggressive. Thoroughly enjoyed @surya_14kumar first knock at the highest level. An innings of some serious quality. Hopefully first of many half centuries #IndvEng pic.twitter.com/2zVLQr5zWr
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 18, 2021