On Friday night against Gujarat Titans, Suryakumar Yadav put on a masterful performance, scoring an unbeaten 103 off just 49 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav, the star batter for the Mumbai Indians, put on a display of power hitting on Friday night, slamming Gujarat Titans bowlers all over the field to score his first IPL century.
Suryakumar, who became well-known for his powerful hitting in the league, had to wait 4053 days for his first IPL century; he reached the milestone in just 49 deliveries, on the last delivery of the innings.
Suryakumar displayed a variety of shots throughout his innings, but his six against Mohammed Shami in the penultimate over of the innings stunned many.
Even Sachin Tendulkar, who is regarded as one of the greatest batters in cricket history, tried to mock-imitate the shot while seated close to the dugout because of how great the hit was.
Shami intentionally sliced the ball over short third for a goal after pitching the delivery wide outside off. At first glance, it appeared as though Suryakumar was going for a grounded hit, but he flicked his wrist at the very last moment to send it over the boundary line for a six.
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This for me will forever be know as “The Shot”. That’s just ridiculous from SKY. https://t.co/ZMNQv3uTes
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) May 12, 2023
Totally in awe of the shot, former Australia star Tom Moody remarked that “he had never in his entire life witnessed a batter make an attempt of this calibre. In response to Suryakumar being described as “impossible” to bowl to by fellow expert Amol Mazumdar while referencing the shot, Moody said he was impressed by the batter’s bravery to even attempt the hit.”
“I don’t believe I’ve ever witnessed a six-hit with a vertical bat over the third man on that specific ball. I’ve witnessed a cut shot over the third man and a hit with a horizontal bat. I’ve even seen a thick-edge fly, but I’ve never seen a six-hit with a vertical bat off the middle of the bat. Moody told ESPNCricinfo, “Never seen it before in my life.”
“In my lifetime, I’ve watched nearly 10 million balls bowled in all variations of the game, and I’ve never seen that before. It was absolutely perfect. The ability to do that, he continued, “was in his head and nobody else’s.”
The shot left many people speechless, including Moody. The shot was deemed ridiculous by Ian Bishop, who is currently doing commentary for the IPL. “This will always be known to me as “The Shot.” “That from Sky is just absurd,” he wrote.”
Suryakumar Yadav received praise from Rohit Sharma during the presentation ceremony for his brilliant performance. “The person is confident. When SKY entered, he told us that we couldn’t keep the right-left combination and that he wanted to enter instead.”
“That kind of assurance is what he exudes, and it is contagious. He wants to start each game from scratch and doesn’t consider the previous game. Sometimes you can relax and feel proud, but not with him,” he continued.