Team India batter Suryakumar Yadav was at his mighty best against New Zealand in the second T20I on Sunday, November 20 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. He continued his outstanding form, slamming a terrific century in the match. Suryakumar Yadav’s knock took India to 191 runs in the first innings.
The right-handed batter came out to bat early after opener Rishabh Pant was dismissed in the sixth over. He took on the onus to take on the New Zealand bowling attack. Suryakumar Yadav kept the scoreboard running, as he reached to his fifty in 32 deliveries. Following the mini-achievement, he accelerated the batting, slamming two boundaries and a six to Tim Southee in the seventeenth over.
Facing Lockie Ferguson in the penultimate over of the innings, Suryakumar Yadav slammed a couple of boundaries. On the fourth delivery, Ferguson bowled a full seam-up outside off-stump ball. The Indian batter slammed the delivery wide of sweeper cover to get another boundary. With this, boundary he brought up his century in the innings. Suryakumar remained unbeaten, scoring 111 runs off 51 balls, including 11 boundaries and seven sixes.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2022
Team India reached 191 runs on the back of Suryakumar Yadav’s century. Ishan Kishan also played a decent hand of 36 runs. Meanwhile, Tim Southee picked up a hattrick in the final over, to restrict India from getting 200 plus runs on the board. Lockie Ferguson also took a couple of wickets. However, the fans couldn’t get over Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliance in the match.
Let’s take a look at how Twitterati reacted to Suryakumar Yadav’s knock:
🏏💥 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐀𝐆𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐍! Second T20I century for SKY.
🙌 He now joins the elite list of batters with multiple centuries in T20Is.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) November 20, 2022
Numero Uno showing why he's the best in the world. Didn't watch it live but I'm sure this was another video game innings by him. 😂 @surya_14kumar
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 20, 2022
This is almost illegal!
SKY brings up his second century in T20Is. 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ off just 4️⃣9️⃣ deliveries. 🤯
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 20, 2022
Everytime we watch Suryakumar Yadav bat: pic.twitter.com/kdCUfRDKho
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) November 20, 2022
— ɅMɅN DUВΞY (@imAmanDubey) November 20, 2022
Such joy watching a player at the height of his powers. #SuryakumarYadav
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 20, 2022
SKY is a perfect T20 batter. The ideal way to score a 100 in T20Is is off approximately 50 balls. SKY's two 100s this year have come off 48 and 49 balls. The global average to score 100s is 53 balls. That's why at high-scoring venues, a 100 off ~60 balls can be an average inns.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 20, 2022
When the rain stops, the SKY shines bright 👊💯
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) November 20, 2022
All gaming cheat modes will have to be renamed SKY. T20 batting at its ultimate best #NZvsIND
— Bazid Khan (@bazidkhan81) November 20, 2022
Easily the best T20 batsman in the world SKY #INDVNZ
— Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (@LaxmanSivarama1) November 20, 2022
Suryakumar Yadav – what a player! pic.twitter.com/a8fJo0hoak
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 20, 2022
In T20, a hundred is always special: Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav became the second Indian batter after Rohit Sharma to score two T20I centuries in a calendar year. Rohit Sharma achieved the feat in 2018. Speaking about his knock, the 32-year-old expressed that batting till the end was the key for him in the innings. He added that he spoke to Hardik Pandya about taking the game deep. Suryakumar said at the mid-innings break,
“In T20, a hundred is always special but at the same time, it was really important for me to bat till the very end. Hardik was telling me to bat till the 18th or 19th over and get to a score of 185 or so. After the end of the 16th over, we had a chat about taking it deep. It was important to maximize the last few overs. Have been doing the same things over and over again, in the nets and it’s just coming off for me.”