Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Pic Credits: Twitter

In the second T20I of the series, played in Guwahati, Team India’s Suryakumar Yadav wreaked havoc on the South African spinners. As India built a massive score of 237/3 in 20 overs, Suryakumar, who has been in exceptional form lately, slammed a half-century in only 18 balls and went on to score 61 runs in the game off just 22 deliveries.

India scored a 16-run victory to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match series thanks to his explosive knock and all-around performance from the top four. 

Suryakumar hit the ball well and also became the third-fastest Indian to 1,000 runs in T20Is (by innings). Suryakumar reached the milestone in his 31st innings, behind only KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in terms of achievement.

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

Suryakumar Yadav Becomes Quickest To Score 1000 Runs (In Number Of Balls Faced)

The 32-year-old great batter, though, did so the quickest in terms of the number of balls faced. 

Glenn Maxwell of Australia, an all-rounder, was surpassed by Suryakumar to set a new record. Maxwell scored the 1000th T20I run on his 604th delivery; Suryakumar, on the other hand, did so in just 574 balls. 

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI

The following is a list of men’s international T20 batsmen who reached 1,000 runs the quickest. (in terms of number of balls faced): 

  • Suryakumar Yadav 574 
  • Glenn Maxwell – 604  
  • Colin Munro – 635 
  • Evin Lewis – 640 
  • Thisara Perera – 654 

Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, congratulated Suryakumar after their victory over South Africa and said, jokingly, that he might not play him again until their T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan. 

“Just thinking not to play him anymore; just play him on the 23rd (of October, when India open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan),” Rohit said of the in-form batsman, who hit his third successive half-century.

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

“He is somebody who wants to play the game, wants to keep going out there and keep doing well. That is what keeps him happy and we want to keep him happy.” 

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