Suryakumar Yadav shines in his first international innings

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19 Mar 2021 | 07:40 AM
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Anirudh Kasargod

Suryakumar Yadav shines in his first international innings

On the back of a sensational half-century from Suryakumar Yadav, India levelled the series 2-2 and took it to the decider on Saturday (20th March). Here are a few notable stats from the fourth T20I between India and England in Ahmedabad.

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Rohit becomes the first Indian to hit a six off the first ball of the match

Rohit Sharma, being one of the cleanest strikers of the ball is a well-known fact. The 128 sixes launched by Rohit is the second most after Martin Guptill’s tally of 139 sixes in T20Is. However, the 128th six that he hit in the fourth T20I had a special record written on it. 

With a six off the first ball of the match, Rohit became the first-ever Indian batsman to start off with a six. Overall, this was the eighth instance of a batsman hitting six off the first ball of the match. Hazartullah Zazai against West Indies in 2019 in Lucknow was the previous batsman to achieve this feat. 

9,000 T20 runs for Rohit Sharma

Just like his competitor, Virat Kohli, Rohit is also one among the list of most prolific run-scorers for India. Rohit in the fourth T20I became the second Indian batsman after Virat to register 9,000 T20 runs. 

Rohit has scored 4,333 runs for Mumbai Indians, 2,859 runs for India, 1,219 runs for Deccan Chargers, 535 runs for Mumbai, and 55 for India A in his T20 career.

Suryakumar Yadav tees off with a six

In the fourth T20I, two Indian batsmen hit a six off the first ball they faced and both entered the record books. If Rohit’s six was a special one, Suryakumar Yadav’s was even more noteworthy. Surya became the first Indian and the eighth batsmen among the Test-playing nation to hit a six in the first ball of their career in T20Is. Mangaliso Mosehle from South Africa was the previous batsman to achieve this feat. 

He hit a six off the only delivery he faced in his debut innings against Sri Lanka in 2017 in Centurion. In addition, among the Test-playing nations, Surya is the fourth player after Sohail Tanvir, Mark Craig and Mosehle to open their tally of runs with the six off their first delivery faced in internationals.

Suryakumar Yadav makes a grand entry to the international cricket

After entering the record books in his first delivery itself, Surya went on to register more milestones for India. Though not getting to bat in his debut match and being dropped in the next, his confidence wasn’t hampered. 

It was certainly evident by the way he started off. By reaching his half-century off 28 balls, Surya became the fifth Indian batsman in T20Is to register a 50+ score in his first innings. His score of 57 is the second-highest amongst those five batsmen. Ajinkya Rahane’s 61 against England in 2011 in Manchester still remains the highest. 

Jofra Archer adapts to the Indian conditions

Across this series, Jofra Archer has certainly been the best bowler, having picked up seven wickets - the highest among all bowlers. Even though his four-wicket haul went in vain in the fourth T20I, it was a noteworthy spell. 

Archer’s spell of 4 for 33 is the second-best spell for an English bowler in India in T20Is. Chris Jordan against Sri Lanka in Delhi in the 2016 T20 World Cup had registered 4 for 28, which is the best for their country on Indian soil. 

Highest team total without a fifty-run partnership

India have had only three 50+ partnerships this series as compared to four from England. Though India scored 185 today, they didn’t have a single partnership of over 50. Their highest being 42 between KL Rahul and Surya for the second wicket. 

This is the highest-ever total that India have registered without a 50-run partnership recorded in T20Is. Throughout the match, there was only one fifty-run partnership and an aggregate of 362 runs were scored. This is the third-highest aggregate of runs scored involving only one fifty-run partnership in a T20I match. 

Second quickest to 1000 T20I runs

Known to be one of the most destructive openers, Jason Roy achieved a landmark in quick time. Six short of 1000 T20I runs before the fourth T20I, Roy reached the milestone with a boundary off Shardul Thakur in the fourth over the innings. 

He became the sixth England batsman to reach the landmark and was the second quickest (42) in terms of innings among the six. Kevin Pietersen and Alex Hales are the joint holders of the record for England (32 innings). 

Washington Sundar taken to the cleaners

Washington Sundar is generally a miser when it comes to giving away runs of his bowling, let be in internationals or in domestic. However, today wasn’t his day. For the first time in his T20 career, Sundar registered a half-century in terms of runs conceded. 

Prior to this innings, his spell of 1 for 48 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens in the 2018 season of IPL was the costliest. His spell of none for 52 in the fourth T20I consisted of eight boundaries (five 4s & three 6s), which is also the most number of boundaries he has conceded in a spell in T20s. 

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