11/28/2022
Suryakumar Yadav breaks multiple records in Indias win over South Africa at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday (September 28).

Suryakumar, who recently climbed to the second position in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings, scored an unbeaten fifty, sharing a 93-run stand with KL Rahul to take India past South Africa’s paltry target of 107 with 20 balls to spare.

The 32-year-old walked in at No.4 with India in a spot of bother after being reduced to 17/2 in the seventh over, losing skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Yadav hit two sixes off his first three balls to change India’s momentum after a slow start.

During his unbeaten knock of 50 not out off 33 balls, Yadav broke two records. First up, he broke the record for most sixes in any calendar year in T20Is. With the two sixes early in the innings, Yadav went past Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan’s tally of 42 sixes in 2021.

Yadav struck a total of 3 sixes on Wednesday (September 28) night taking his tally of sixes to 45 in 2022 with three more months to widen the gap with Rizwan. While Rizwan took 26 innings for 42 sixes, Suryakumar took just 21 innings to break that record.

Here is a look at the current top 10 players with most sixes in T20Is in a calendar year:

Player Sixes Innings Year Suryakumar Yadav (India) 45 21 2022 Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) 42 26 2021 Martin Guptil (New Zealand) 41 18 2021 Tony Ura (Papua New Guinea) 39 11 2022 Muhammad Waseem (UAE) 38 13 2022 Evin Lewis (West Indies) 37 18 2021 Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) 36 23 2019 Rovman Powell (West Indies) 36 16 2022 Colin Munro (New Zealand) 35 12 2018 George Munsey (Scotland) 34 15 2019

Later in the innings, Yadav also broke the record for most runs by a Indian in T20Is, surpassing Shikhar Dhawan’s score of 689 runs in 2018.

Yadav, who has currently scored 732 runs in the shortest format in 2022, has scored these runs at a strike rate of more than 180 and an average more than 40.

Here is a look at the top 10 most runs scored in T20I by Indian in a calendar year:

Player Runs Average Strike Rate Year Suryakumar Yadav 732 40.66 180.29 2022 Shikhar Dhawan 689 40.52 147.22 2018 Virat Kohli 641 106.83 140.26 2016 Rohit Sharma 590 36.87 147.5 2018 Rohit Sharma 497 29.23 131.48 2016 Rohit Sharma 497 26.15 146.17 2022 Virat Kohli 471 39.25 132.67 2012 Virat Kohli 466 77.66 147.93 2019 Shreyas Iyer 449 44.90 142.99 2022 Hardik Pandya 436 36.33 151.38 2022

Yadav did not only go past his compatriot Dhawan during the knock, he also surpassed former Ireland batter Kevin O’Brien, who had scored 729 runs in 2019. He is also very close to surpassing another Irishman in the list of most runs in T20Is in a calendar year.

With the amount of T20I fixtures remaining in the year, Yadav can add more to his tally to extend his record for most runs by an Indian in the shortest format in a calendar year as well as most sixes by any player in a calendar year.

Here is the current top 5 for most runs by a player in T20Is in a calendar year:

Player Runs Average Strike Rate Year Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) 1326 73.66 134.89 2021 Babar Azam (Pakistan) 939 37.56 127.58 2021 Paul Stirling (Ireland) 748 41.55 140.60 2019 Suryakumar Yadav (India) 732 40.66 180.29 2022 Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) 729 31.69 155.43 2019