The 32-year-old India National Cricket Team middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav showcased unreal hitting and played a magical knock in the series decider 3rd T20I against the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday, January 7.
Suryakumar Yadav came out to bat at No.4 after the dismissal of Rahul Tripathi, who played a fantastic cameo, in the 6th over. The No.1 T20I batter wasted little time to get going.
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He played his natural aggressive brand of cricket and smashed the ball all around the park, destroying the bowling unit of the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team. Also, India’s Mr.360 played some of the most astonishing shots ever witnessed in T20 cricket during his extraordinary innings.
Suryakumar Yadav reached his half-century off 26 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes. He kept playing attacking cricket and notched up his third T20I century off 45 balls, including 6 fours and 8 sixes. The 32-year-old had registered his first T20I ton against England in Nottingham in July 2022 and his second T20I century against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui in November 2022.
With his century in the third T20I, which is unarguably one of the greatest T20I performances ever, Suryakumar became only the second Indian to hit 3 centuries in T20Is, only Rohit Sharma is above him with 4 T20I tons. Also, he became the first-ever non-opener to smash 3 T20I Centuries.
Suryakumar Yadav became the fastest ever to score 3 T20I centuries as he took just 43 innings and he also breached the 1500 T20I runs mark in just 843 balls and became the fastest to achieve the milestone.
Overall, Suryakumar Yadav smashed unbeaten 112 runs off 51 balls, including 7 fours and 9 sixes. He batted with an exceptional strike rate of 219.61. The 32-year-old helped India post 228/5 on the board in 20 overs.
Speaking to the host broadcaster after his extraordinary century against Sri Lanka, Suryakumar Yadav said that he is hopeful of continuing his red-hot form in 2023. He said:
“I’m really happy with the way the innings went. Captain winning the toss and batting first showed faith in the batters, few shots are pre-determined, but these are the shots I’ve been playing over the last year and I’m not doing anything different. The 2022 form is gone, it’s a fresh start in 2023 and I hope to continue doing well. It’s a good pitch, nice bounce and a lush outfield.”
Here’s How Twitterverse Reacted To Suryakumar Yadav’s Unbelievable Century vs Sri Lanka:
Imagine Suryakumar Yadav debuted 6 years ago. Would he be as good or has a debut at age 30 worked in his favor?
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 7, 2023
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) January 7, 2023
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) January 7, 2023
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 7, 2023
Wow! What a knock this by Suryakumar Yadav! Nobody is even near him in the T20s across the cricket world right now! It’s pleasure to see him play like this. #INDvSL
— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) January 7, 2023
His heroics beyond all words! 🙌💯
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 7, 2023
What an absolute treat it has been to watch this man bat!
We’ll done once again — #SuryakumarYadav.
— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) January 7, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav – what a knock! Third T20I ton & he rose to the occasion in the series decider. Is he the best T20 batter in the world?
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 7, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav is the fastest ever to score 3 Hundreds in T20I Internationals, in just 43 innings – Incredible, Surya! pic.twitter.com/2YQQoCSM1F
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) January 7, 2023
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) January 7, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav is the reason I won’t be able to catch fake YouTube thumbnails. pic.twitter.com/S4HecC3vG8
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 7, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav is fighting against himself as there is no competition for him in T20I currently.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 7, 2023
3rd T20I hundred for Suryakumar Yadav from just 43 innings, this is his world in shorter format, the best in the business currently. pic.twitter.com/fO1kWE6kX6
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 7, 2023
I would simply refuse bowling to SKY at this point. This shouldn’t be allowed. How the hell does one average 45+ while striking at 180+ after 40+ T20Is?
— Sparsh Telang (@_cricketsparsh) January 7, 2023
Just privileged to watch SKY bat at his peak. This is atrocious stuff. Never been in disbelief seeing someone bat, sure there have been some shots in an innings which ll be unbelievable. But almost in every other innings, what SKY does here, has to be experienced. Freakish.
— BALAJI (@deep_extracover) January 7, 2023
🤩 What did we just witness!
👏 SKY has put on one of the greatest T20I performances ever.
🙌 He becomes only the second Indian to hit 3 centuries in T20Is!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 7, 2023
Hundred by Suryakumar Yadav in just 45 balls – an absolute insane innings by Surya, his 3rd T20i century from just 43 innings. pic.twitter.com/uqRvoC25vd
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 7, 2023
The problem with Suryakumar Yadav is that he is just a bit too good for this planet’s bowlers.
— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) January 7, 2023
Not many people have batted as well as this in their dreams. #SuryakumarYadav
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 7, 2023
Another extraordinary innings from Suryakumar Yadav 🤯
— Roshan Yadav (@withroshanyadav) January 7, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav, 100 off 45 balls. Each one played at a different angle from the ground, seemingly. Just stunning. #INDvSL
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) January 7, 2023
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) January 7, 2023
ISRO should investigate, there is no way Suryakumar Yadav can be a human, he is an alien how can someone play cricket like this. 😭 pic.twitter.com/zrekA2ZdGk
— Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) January 7, 2023
Third century for Suryakumar Yadav in T20Is in just 45 matches.
Then there is afGOLI who scored century against Afghanistan in dead rubber match.😵💫
— Avinash Aryan (@AvinashArya09) January 7, 2023
— Bharat Dodiya (@being_bharat23) January 7, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav in today’s match – pic.twitter.com/O6Hmm3PaOT
— Ameee ♥ (@kohlifanAmeee) January 7, 2023
100* from 45 balls : World No 1 T20 batter : Suryakumar Yadav pic.twitter.com/OazUhpPLIJ
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) January 7, 2023
3rd T20I hundred for Suryakumar Yadav from just 43 innings💥
— Prashant Umrao (@ippatel) January 7, 2023