Sri Lanka had a chance to inflict India their first home loss in 12 bilateral series after two strong performances. However, they were facing a team that had the most dangerous T20 hitter in the whole globe. Suryakumar Yadav entered the game sporting what seemed to be the No. 1 jersey and started playing from his genius notepad. He soon put an end to Sri Lanka’s aspirations, allowing India to win the series 2-1 and suffer a 91-run loss in the last T20 match.

Yadav stormed to his third T20I century in six months as he decorated the Rajkot sky with white streaks. Mount Maunganui, Nottingham, and now Rajkot. The Mumbai batsman has been in such amazing form that he concluded his last two centuries with even greater strike rates. It’s not typical to score 112* off 51 balls (S/R 219.6 — 7×4, 9×6). His century required 45 balls.

Yadav has been playing T20 cricket in an AB de Villiers-like manner. After Hardik Pandya decided to bat, he entered the game in the sixth over and immediately started hitting boundaries. But Yadav didn’t smash his first boundary until the 11th over when he did so from behind the wicket. After making one, he continued to make multiple sixes in the fine-leg area. But by using the traditional approach, he could bat with just as much flexibility, even when he wasn’t thinking in 360 degrees.

India had reached 10-over status at 92/2. With Yadav’s wristy strokes and acute blade, they scored 146 runs in the last 10 overs. If his first ramp was as bold as they come, his second ramp—which was taken up from outside off-stump, head out of the way, up and over short fine-leg, if you will—against Dilshan Madushanka’s left-arm speed in the 13th over—was more frantic.

As a result of losing his rhythm at that point, Madushanka’s length ball was placed for a maximum over deep midwicket. Yadav utilized his feet to smash back-to-back sixes over extra cover in the next over of Maheesh Theekshana’s spin. Yadav always considered the boundaries before anything else. He found them so regularly that the Sri Lankan bowlers lost all sense of logic.

Overs 11 through 15 saw India score 72 runs. Yadav has advanced well beyond the rest of the globe in this domain. In the last 12 months, he has easily scored the most boundaries in the middle overs.