Suryakumar Yadav enthralled the cricketing world in his maiden outing in international cricket as he smoked a belligerent and classy 31-ball 57 in the fourth T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
It was an innings laced with audacious and sumptuous strokeplay as the 30-year-old flayed the English bowling attack to all corners of the stadium. Yadav had made his debut alongside Ishan Kishan during the second T20I but as has been the case throughout his career, he had to wait for two more matches to stroll out in the middle with the bat in his hand.
Surya came to the crease after the dismissal of his Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and he took just one ball to announce himself to the international arena. He had already preempted that Jofra Archer will look to push him on the backfoot with a pacy back-of-a-length delivery. And, that is exactly what the English pacer did. The only problem was that Suryakumar Yadav was waiting for it. And, as soon as the ball was delivered, the stylish batsman came inside the line of the ball and proceeded to smoke it over deep fine-leg for a six.
What followed during the course of the next 30 deliveries was Suryakumar Yadav telling everyone, especially the selectors, what they have missed by previously ignoring him. He punched, he dabbed, he slog-swept, he stroked inside-out drives, he creamed the ball through the covers, he dabbed it past third-man, he even swept the seamers over short fine-leg.
Suryakumar Yadav’s 31-ball 57 was an innings of such high quality that it left the onlooker gasping for more. And, it seems that the man himself loved his knock as he went back to his hotel room and watched the boundaries that he stroked.
Surya’s wife recorded the video of him enjoying the highlights of his innings. The same has gone viral on social media.
In the video, his wife Devisha Shetty can be heard asking him if he was watching the match again, to which Surya replied that he is reliving his fours and sixes.
”I’m just watching my boundaries and sixes. Reliving it.” replied Suryakumar Yadav.
And, apparently, Suryakumar Yadav has a habit of watching the match again on TV or his phone once he comes back home, his wife revealed in the video.
“This guy is crazy. After every match, he comes and watches the match again on his phone or TV,” Devisha Shetty added.
Watch the video here-
— Kunal Yadav (@kunaalydv) March 19, 2021