Suryakumar Yadav played another sensational knock as he registered the 3rd T20I century of his career to help the Indian cricket team win three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in Rajkot. SKY reached the triple-figure mark in just 45 balls, which was the second fastest T20I century scored by an Indian. He played a stunning knock of 112 not out off 51 balls and fired team India to an imposing 228 for five, making the job easier for his bowlers.
SKY toyed with the Sri Lankan bowlers throughout his knock as he displayed some of his trademark shots to notch his third century in the format. His stunning knock of 112* runs was laced with seven fours and nine sixes.
Meanwhile, he has been receiving praises from all corners for his performance. His knock was so amazing that former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria went on to compare him with South African legend AB de Villiers and also went one step further and said he is the new ‘Universe Boss’.
Yes, you read that right. While hailing SKY as a T20 beast, Danish Kaneria went on to say that Suryakumar has surpassed Chris Gayle and De Villiers. Kaneria was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times, saying:
“The new Universe Boss is Suryakumar Yadav-the beast. Now what can I tell about this lad, even before I have said that a player like Suryakumar comes once in a lifetime. The innings which he played today, scoring 112 off 51, no one can replicate that,”
He added: “You can speak about ABD, Chris Gayle but even these two look pale in front of Surya. He has already eclipsed them and has taken T20 cricket to a whole new level,”
This isn’t the first time that someone has compared SKY to AB de Villiers. SKY’s wide range of shots has earned him the title of “Indian Mr.360-degree”.
After his blistering knock, Suryakumar Yadav talked about the importance of putting pressure on yourself. He said: “It’s really important to put pressure on yourself when you are preparing for a game. If you do that in practice, it gets a little easier while playing the game. There is a lot of hard work involved but it’s about doing quality practice sessions. You should know what your game is and prepare accordingly,”
He added: “Boundaries behind are like 50-60 meters, so I was targeting them. There are some shots that are pre-determined but you need to have other shots too so that if the bowler changes his plan, you can have an answer,”