New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has described Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav’s stellar unbeaten 111 from 51 deliveries in the third T20I as the best innings he has ever seen live.
The Kiwi bowlers had no answer to the top-ranked T20I batsman as he sent them flying to all corners of Mt Maunganui, notching his second T20I hundred in the process. Suriyakumar’s knock was filled with thrilling performances, some of which defied the laws of physics.
He scored the bulk of his runs for the wicket with his signature off-the-cuff shots. The right-handed batsman was adjudged the man of the match for his efforts that helped India to a comfortable win.
Speaking to Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview, Mitchell was lavish in his praise for Suryakumar, who is setting a new standard for batsmen around the world. He said:
“He’s very good, isn’t he? I had the pleasure of bowling with him in the IPL. He’s world class. Obviously, the innings, I personally think it’s the best I’ve ever seen live in T20 cricket. He’s easily in pretty good shape at the moment which makes it an easy game.”
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also recently praised Suryakumar after expressing disbelief at some of the shots that the Indian ace not only does but also plays to absolute perfection.
Mumbai-born Better had a year to remember, scoring over 1,000 runs in the shortest format for India. He has been consistent regardless of his batting position or conditions, making him an invaluable asset.
“As a group, we’re really looking forward to going up against the best in the world, and India is definitely at the top.” – Daryl Mitchell
Under the leadership of Kane Williamson, New Zealand were knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 by Pakistan in the semi-finals. With the tournament culminating, the Kiwis’ focus shifted to a short home season against India.
While rain has played its part in two of the three matches played so far, Mitchell is relishing the opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the world on home soil. Mitchell said:
“They are world-class players. They’re obviously really good on the international stage and having the chance to experience the IPL with some of these guys, you can see how talented and good they are.”
“It’s great to have them on our shores here in New Zealand during the summer and fight them. We as a group are really hoping to compete with the best in the world and India is definitely right up there.”
According to the Future Tours Program (FTP), the Blackcaps are planning to tour India in early 2023 for the white ball series.
The Men in Blue have secured the T20I series 1-0 and look to beat New Zealand in the ODI rubber. Notably, they went 3-0 the last time they faced the Kiwis in the 50-over format.
India will take on New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-match series on Friday, November 25, at Eden Park in Auckland.
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