Last Update on: July 11th, 2022 at 03:39 pm
Ashley Giles, a former left-arm spinner for England, called Suryakumar Yadav‘s magnificent century in the third Twenty20 international between India and England “fantastic innings.” He also acknowledged that it was a knock that didn’t merit to result in a defeat.
Suryakumar struck a remarkable 117 from 55 balls on Sunday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham (July 10). It did not lead to an Indian victory, however, as the guests fell short in their attempt to score 216, finishing on 198 for nine.
Ashley Giles Lauds Suryakumar Yadav
Giles praised Suryakumar for his outstanding performance and said that it was just an astounding innings. He told ESPNcricinfo during a discussion:
“Incredible. In those circumstances, under that pressure… India were 31 for 3. To come in and play that sort of classy innings, almost 360 degrees round the ground – mixing that sort of elegance and placement with extreme power as well. It was a fabulous innings, just a shame it came in a losing cause.”
The right-handed batter, who is 31 years old, hit 14 fours and six sixes throughout his knock. After India cheaply lost Rishabh Pant (1) and Virat Kohli (11) he entered the batting order.
When Indian captain Rohit Sharma (11) died during a powerplay over, the situation deteriorated further. The middle and lower order, though, abandoned the centurion, thus the valiant attempt was insufficient. The next-highest score in the Indian innings was a 28 by Shreyas Iyer.
Suryakumar Yadav Kept The Game Alive: Piyush Chawla
Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla commented on Suryakumar’s outstanding effort, saying that the batsman single-handedly kept the Men in Blue in the contest. Chawla stated:
“The most special aspect of this innings was that he kept the game alive. Chasing 216, India were 31 for three and he still kept the game alive. Everyone was watching, keeping an eye on the screen, knowing the game could go anywhere. That was really special.”
Moeen Ali bowled Suryakumar out on the second last delivery of the 19th over after the Indian batsman had hit the English off-spinner for two fours and a six earlier in the over. India needed 21 runs in the last over, but only managed three as England held off a fierce attack to secure a 17-run victory.