Suryakumar Yadav is in the form of his life. The No. 1 T20I batter, according to ICC rankings, recently finished as the third-highest scorer at the 2022 T20 World Cup with a tally of 239 in six matches at a mind-boggling strike-rate of 189.68. He continued his form in the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand. He scored 124 in two innings, including a century. He bagged ‘Player of the Series’ award for his effort. India won the series 1-0, and Suryakumar’s 51-ball 111* had a huge role to play in the Hardik Pandya-led team notching up the only won in the series in the second T20I.
Australia star Glenn Maxwell lauded the effort. “I didn’t know the game was on. But I later checked the scorecard and sent the picture of that to Finchy (Aaron Finch) and said, ‘What is going on here? He is batting on a completely different planet! Look at the everyone else’s scores and look at this bloke scoring scoring 111 off 50.’,” Maxwell said in a discussion on ‘The Grade Cricketer’.