Even the most dedicated SKY fans will struggle to choose one of Suryakumar Yadav’s impressive innings that stands head and shoulders above the rest given that he hasn’t played for two years in international cricket. Suryakumar has played in 57 matches since making his India debut in March 2021, amassing nearly 1800 runs with two centuries and 14 fifties. But his T20 accomplishments are what have the world’s attention. Surya, a middle-order batsman for India, is not only the top-ranked T20I player this year; he also holds the record for most runs scored in the competition.

So it makes sense that if Suryakumar were asked to name his favourite T20 innings, one of the two centuries he has scored this year—117 against England and 111 not out against New Zealand last week—would be on the list. But no. Surya considers his best innings to have been the one he played against England on March 14 of last year, when he scored a fast-bowling 50 to lead his team to victory.

“I believe the first one I received was my fiftieth debut. Suryakumar stated on the television programme “25 Questions” that he was “very happy” that we had won the game “through ESPNCricinfo.

The fourth T20I of a five-match series was the one Suryakumar is referring to. Surya did not get to bat even though he had made his debut in the previous game. Thus, Surya made his debut for India by hitting a ridiculous reverse ramp off Jofra Archer for six runs in his first international innings. He hit six boundaries and three sixes in his 57 off 31 balls as India defeated England by 8 runs.

Another T20 game that Surya treasures are one from the Indian Premier League. IPL 2020 was SKY’s breakthrough season; he scored 480 runs as Mumbai Indians won the championship for a record fifth time, putting him on the map and opening the door for his first call-up to the India team. Suryakumar, however, made headlines the year before by scoring 424 runs in another title-winning campaign for MI.