Suryakumar Yadav goes past MS Dhoni to achieve this major feat in 1st T20I against New Zealand
On Friday, Team India was defeated by New Zealand by a margin of 21 runs in the first T20I of a three-match series. The team was limited to 155/9 in the 177-run chase due to a top-order collapse. Spinners completely dominated the game as they kept India at bay.
Ishan Kishan (4), Rahul Tripathi (0), and Shubman Gill (7) were all dismissed from the chase quickly. Suryakumar Yadav (47) and Washington Sundar (50), on the other hand, resurrected the Indian innings with explosive knocks but were unable to lead the hosts to victory in Ranchi.
Despite the fact that India lost the match, Suryakumar made a significant jump in the run-getters list with his 34-ball 47 in the first T20I. The India batter has surpassed former India star Suresh Raina and legendary former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to become the fifth-highest Indian run-getter in T20Is.
Suryakumar has 1,625 runs in 44 innings at a staggering strike rate of 178.76, with three centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name. Meanwhile, Dhoni finished his T20I career with 1,617 runs in 98 games, while Raina finished with 1,605 runs in 78 games.
In the meantime, earlier in the match, Suryakumar and Hardik Pandya (21) had raised hopes of a successful chase when they formed a small partnership, but those hopes were dashed when both were dismissed in quick succession during the first T20I. “Till me and Surya were batting, we thought we would pull it off. In hindsight, we ended up giving 25 runs more than the par,” Pandya had said in the post-match presentation.
Washington Sundar shone brightly for India, taking two wickets for 22 runs and scoring a 28-ball 50. “The way Washington bowled, batted and fielded, it was more like Washington against New Zealand than India against New Zealand. If he and Axar can continue the way they are, it will help the Indian cricket a lot,” Pandya further said.
India’s top run-getters in the T20I format:
- Virat Kohli – 4,008
- Rohit Sharma – 3,853
- KL Rahul – 2,265
- Shikhar Dhawan – 1,759
- Suryakumar Yadav – 1,625