Suryakumar Yadav announced his arrival in style for Team India in the must-win encounter against England in the fourth T20I. The right-handed batsman brought the best out of himself and took the attack to the cleaners.
Nobody expected him to come out to bat at No.3 position. But when he came out to bat, the 30-year-old started his international career with a magnificent six off Jofra Archer’s bowling.
The star batsman gained confidence from the shot and went about his business with ease. He held his nerves and scored his maiden half-century. He eventually ended up scoring 57 off 31 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Surya was the top scorer of the game. India won the game by 8 runs. Rightly so, he was named the man of the match. At the post-match presentation, Surya expressed that he tried to keep things simple.
He further added that he always dreamt of sporting the Indian jersey and winning the games for the team. The Mumbai Indians’ batsman got the nod even in the series decider against England in Ahmedabad.
Jordan and Roy combine together to take a superb catch to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav
Earlier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first. Surprisingly, Indian captain Virat Kohli opened the innings alongside Rohit Sharma for the first time in T20I history.
The duo added a 94-run stand for the opening wicket before Ben Stokes made a mess of Rohit’s stumps. Rohit scored 64 off 34 with the help of 4 boundaries and 5 sixes at a strike-rate of 153.85.
Suryakumar Yadav came out to bat at No.3 once again and made an instant impact with the bat. The star cricketer took the attack to the cleaners by smashing 3 fours and 2 sixes at a strike-rate of 188.24.
While he was en route to scoring yet another half-century, Chris Jordan and Jason Roy ensured to stop the destruction. The incident happened during the second ball of the 14th over bowled by Adil Rashid.
Spectacular one-handed effort by Chris Jordan
Surya smashed a spectacular shot to look for a boundary towards the long-on region. As it turned out, Chris Jordan came sprinted across the long-on and grabbed it perfectly with his right hand near the boundary rope.
After that, he flicked it towards his compatriot Jason Roy. Roy took the catch in his safe pair of hands. After that, he had a laugh about the incident. Suryakumar departed after scoring 32 off 17 balls. The video of the incident went viral on the internet. Jordan and Roy combined together to take a sensational catch to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 80 off 52 balls including 7 fours and 2 sixes. India all-rounder Hardik Pandya also supported his captain really well in the fag end of the overs. Hardik scored 39 off 17 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes. India posted a colossal total of 224/2.