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Suryakumar Yadav turns 32, notable moments in his career on his birthday

Suryakumar Yadav has become India's mainstay middle-order batter in the white-ball set-up and today he is celebrating his 32nd birthday.

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New Delhi: Suryakumar Yadav has become India’s mainstay middle-order batter in the white-ball set-up and today he is celebrating his 32nd birthday.

Yadav scored 26 runs in the 20th over and hit three sixes off the first three deliveries against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup. In the same match, Suryakumar entered the list of fastest fifties by Indians in T20Is getting it in 22 balls. Yadav has also tied with Rohit Sharma in the list of most T20I runs by an Indian in one over following Yuvraj Singh’s 36-run over.

Here are some notable moments in his career:

1. Yadav started in style!

Suryakumar smashed a six off the first ball he faced in T20Is. He hooked a ferocious bouncer from the English cricketer Jofra Archer to fine leg.

2. Middle-order champion

The Indian cricketer now has the highest individual score in T20Is by a player batting at number four or below scoring 117 off 55 balls against England. He broke the record of Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who slammed 113* against India in 2019.

3. Strike rate of 145.15 in T20s

Suryakumar has played 222 T20 games in his career to date. He has scored 5,034 runs in the format at a strike rate of 145.15. Suryakumar averages 32.06 and has recorded 30 fifties in T20 cricket. The 32-year-old has struck 188 sixes and 516 fours. Notably, he has slammed over 300 runs in each of the last five Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons.

4. IPL journey of Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar began his IPL journey with Mumbai Indians (2012) before moving to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014. He played a part in their title-winning run in 2014. However, he scored just 684 runs from 60 games for them. Suryakumar then returned to Mumbai Indians in 2018, with a secured spot in the batting line-up. He owns 2,036 runs for them and 2,644 in IPL overall.

5. International numbers

Suryakumar made his international debut in March 2021 against England (T20I). However, he did not bat in the match. He registered his maiden T20I fifty in his first-ever international inning (57). He has scored 811 runs from 28 T20Is at a strike rate of 173.29 so far. Meanwhile, he owns 340 runs from 13 ODIs.

6. Suryakumar Yadav in 2022

Suryakumar has played 27 internationals in 2022, having scored 783 runs. His strike rate in T20Is is 182.31. He smashed 171 runs in the three-match T20I series against England. Suryakumar averaged 53.50 in three T20Is against West Indies earlier this year. Yadav has an incredible strike rate of 181.67 away from home (T20Is in 2022).

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