After his recent run of form and a stellar century against Sri Lanka, people are now wondering if Suryakumar Yadav can achieve the highest T20I batting rating of all-time.
There are some batsmen with high averages, while others have a high strike rate. Then there is Suryakumar Yadav, who has both.
Commonly known as “SKY,” Yadav made his first appearance for India against England in 2021. He hooked the first ball for six, bowled by Jofra Archer, as he went on to score a 31-ball 57 on debut.
It was only a glimpse of what he would do in the future, and the world couldn’t keep up with him.
Hailing from Mumbai, Suryakumar is known for his unreal 360° hitting. From a traditional cover drive to a no-look scope, he has all the shots in his book.
SKY is currently the top-ranked T20I batsman, with no one in sight. At present, he has 908 rating points and is just 7 points away from becoming the all-time highest-ranked T20I batsman.
As things stand, Dawid Malan still has the record for the most rating points (915) for a T20I batter. Nevertheless, Suryakumar Yadav is marching toward him and is set to take the crown.
SKY is the First Indian Batsman to Go Past 900 Rating Points
As much of a legend as Virat Kohli is, he never got to the 900-mark in T20Is. His highest rating was 897, which is still 4th on the all-time list.
Suryakumar Yadav, on the other hand, has become the first Indian and the third batter overall to go beyond 900 rating points, thanks to his 51-ball 112* against Sri Lanka, recently.
What is more astonishing is the fact that it took him only 45 matches and under 2 years to achieve this.
Here’s how the all-time T20I rankings stand currently.
- Dawid Malan (915)
- Suryakumar Yadav (908)
- Aaron Finch (900)
- Virat Kohli (897)
- Babar Azam (896)
At the moment, SKY averages 46.41 and strikes at 180.34. He also has three centuries and thirteen fifties to his credit. These are insane statistics. The standard of T20I cricket that he is setting is hard to match.
Suryakumar Yadav can Achieve the Highest T20I Batting Rating in History Against New Zealand
This month, New Zealand will play three T20 Internationals in India. They have announced a young and perhaps a bit inexperienced squad to be led by Mitchell Santner.
The first T20I will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex on January 27. Indeed, this will be a great chance for Suryakumar Yadav to achieve the all-time highest T20I batting rating.
In the form that he is in, coming fresh from a T20I century against Sri Lanka, it will be really hard to stop him from achieving this milestone.
We could be witnessing history two weeks from now.
Undeniably, late bloomers are a blessing for cricket. See Mike Hussey and Rassie van der Dussen for example aside from Surya.