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Suryakumar Yadav Becomes First Indian Batsman To Smash 1,000 T20 Runs In A Year

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Melbourne: Star Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav became the first Indian player to score 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year on Sunday.

The batter attained this accomplishment during his team’s final Super 12 stage match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against Zimbabwe.

Suryakumar delivered the match’s perfect closing touches to ensure that India concluded his innings on a strong note. He hit six fours and four sixes in his 61* from just 25 balls. He was striking at a 244.00 strike rate.

In 28 innings this year, Suryakumar has scored 1,026 runs at an average of 44.60. One century and nine half-centuries have come out of his bat, with the best score of 117. These runs have come at a strike rate of 186.24.

Suryakumar is only the second player in T20I history to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year.

In 2021, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan scored 1,326 runs at an average of 73.66. Rizwan scored a century and 12 half-centuries that year, with the score of 104*.

Coming to India’s match against Zimbabwe, Men in Blue posted 186/5 in their 20 overs after opting to bat first.

KL Rahul (51) and Virat Kohli (26) put a 60 run stand for the second wicket, but Sean Williams (2/9) squeezed some momentum out of their innings. However, Suryakumar Yadav (61*) made sure things finished well for Men in Blue.

Sean Williams (2/9) was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe. Raza, Muzarbani and Ngarava took a wicket each.

Zimbabwe needs 187 to win and their innings is currently in progress.

(With Agency Inputs)

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