The colour of India’s white ball cricket has undergone a dramatic turn over the last few months. For the Indian fans, Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma is no longer the ultimate batting hero though quite late. A new name has suddenly come up in contention as India’s saviour — Surya Kumar Ashok Yadav. Known popularly as Surya Kumar Yadav, cricket commentators have found the most suitable acronym to this unique batting talent’s name — SKY.
The coming of SKY has lent an unprecedented strength to India’s middle order in white ball cricket, especially in the shorter versions of the game. Surya Kumar has a rather modest batting average above thirty in One Day Internationals but it is his scoring rate of above 100 which makes him an invaluable asset in the middle order which is coupled with his reliable fielding. However, it is in the T20 Internationals that Surya Kumar’s spoils are remarkable and almost unbelievable.
In the T20I he averages 44.0 but what is more remarkable is his strike rate of above 180. To give an idea of what it implies is that if an entire team bats at the same rate it would be scoring 216 runs at an average each time and if a few extra runs are added it would be almost a winning total of around 225 each time.
Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years; initially as a reader and later as a contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and in India’s oldest company, Forbes & Company Limited, he is now practising as a lawyer in Nainital High Court.