Suryakumar Yadav scored two centuries and nine-half centuries in T20I cricket in 2022.
Published: 25 Jan 2023, 5:16 PM IST
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Yadav featured in 31 T20I matches in 2022, wherein he accumulated 1164 runs at an incredible average of 46.56, and an even more impressive strike rate of 187.43. He struck a couple of centuries, alongside as many as nine half-centuries, in this format last year.
Yadav’s blitzkrieg started with a bilateral outing against West Indies back in February, where he struck one half-century.
The second century came only a few months back in November. Playing against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, the Mumbaikar accumulated 111 runs in 51 deliveries, whilst also remaining unbeaten.
India’s ‘Mr Reliable’ in Multi-Nation Tournaments
Three of Yadav’s T20I half-centuries in 2022 came against South Africa, with the best of the lot being a 40-ball 68 in an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup encounter, which was played in Perth. While India were eliminated in the semi-final by England, the competition was memorable for the batter as he stood third on the list of leading run-scored, having amassed 239 runs in six matches.
'Sky', as he is affectionately called, was among India's more reliable performers in multi-nation events. Prior to the T20 World Cup in Australia, he also scored 139 runs in the Asia Cup 2022, with a strike rate of 163.52. The swashbuckler struck one half-century in that competition – a 39-ball unbeaten 68 against Asia Cup.
The 32-year-old became only the second batter to score 1000+ runs in T20I cricket in a calendar year, while he also broke a plethora of records in the process. Not only was he the leading T20I run-scorer of the year, but with 68 maximums, he also topped the six-hitting charts of the year.