Suryakumar Yadav has been a sensation this year and has established himself as a T20 international phenomenon. Many have labelled him “the next AB de Villiers” because of his ability to play shots around the ground. The Indian batsman has termed his counter-attacking half-century against South Africa during the T20 World Cup 2022 in Perth as his most career-defining knock so far.
India won the toss and chose to bat first, but they were reduced to 49-5 in nine overs as Lungi Ngidi (4-29) wrecked havoc. SKY was the only Indian batter who looked comfortable on the wicket, scoring 68 off 40 balls with six fours and three sixes as India set a target of 133/9. The 31-year-old got a feel for the surface just 15 minutes before the match against South Africa.
The Practice Pitches Were Quick – Suryakumar Yadav
In an interview with The Indian Express, the 32-year-old stated that being positive was the only way to survive on the Perth pitch, which he described as the most difficult he has ever played on.
“I think that half-century against South Africa in Perth was the defining knock for me. It was the most challenging wicket I have faced till date. Before the game, I went to bat in the nets for 15 minutes and I got the feeling of Perth there itself,” he told The Indian Express in an exclusive.
“The practice pitches were quick. So I faced a mere 15 balls and told Vicky paaji (batting coach Vikram Rathod) that I am done for the day, whatever batting is to be done will be done in the match.”
Suryakumar said about his thoughts as he went out to bat with India in all sorts of trouble. “When I went in to bat, I told myself ki yeh pitch toh sochne se bhi jyada tez hai (this pitch is quicker than I thought). So, when I went to the non-striker’s end, I kept thinking which shots I could play, as there was bounce too. When we were 49 for 5, we had nothing to lose. We could have got all out for 75, but I decided to take the positive route.”
The 31-year-old has been in excellent form for India. He has scored 1,164 runs at an average of 46.56 and a strike rate of 187.43 in 31 T20Is this year. Suryakumar is the leading T20I run-scorer in 2022, with two hundreds, nine fifties, and the best score of 117.