India's new number three batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who has been living the life of a fairy tale, has added another feather to his hat after reaching the 1 million-landmark on Instagram. Yesterday, Suryakumar crossed a million followers and he was too delighted to share a video message for his followers and fans. Read more - Twitter Reactions: Virat Kohli adds another feather to his hat as India win the series 2-1
In the video shared, Suryakumar said, "Hello everyone. Last few days have been very very special for me. I made my India debut, batted in India colours, and most importantly, contributed in India's win."
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"Talking about contribution, you have contributed immensely through messages and DMs. Thank you so much for your wishes and thank you so much for making 1 million strong," he added.
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Suryakumar shined with the bat in his debut series and was so good that skipper Kohli had to sacrifice his regular and favorite no. 3 spot for him.
In the fourth T20I, Suryakumar scored 57 runs off 31 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes, and followed it with a quickfire 32 off 17 balls. His contributions were quite impactful in the series as they clinched it 3-2.
Kohli, Bhuvi power India to another consecutive series victory
India completed a comprehensive victory in the final T20I against England and took the series home 2-1. With that Virat Kohli continued his long wiinning run in T20Is and added another feather to his hat.
Eoin Morgan won the toss as Virat Kohli continued his poor form with the coin. Morgan, after electing to bowl first, announced that they will be playing the same XI as the previous game. India, on the other hand, decided to add more power to their bowling, with Natarajan replacing KL Rahul.
Post six overs, the captain-vice captain duo continued the exploits and Rohit brought up his half-century with a lovely flick six over fine-leg. However, Ben Stokes dismissed Rohit against the run of play, deceiving him off a slower ball. That didn't affect Suryakumar, who walked in next as he started hitting big shots from ball one. He brought India's hundred in the 10th over.
Virat Kohli, who was playing the second fiddle at the other end, brought up his half-century and went past Kane Williamson to score most fifties as a captain in T20Is. India finished the innings on 224/2, their highest against England in this format.
Chasing 225 on this belter, India got off to a flying start, with Bhuvaneshwar shattering the stumps of Jason Roy at the start. Buttler and Malan went on a hitting spree and equalled India in terms of runs scored in the first six overs.
The duo capitalised on every ball and scored runs at will, making Indian bowlers look clueless and took England to 120 in the 11th over. Both Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler notched up half-centuries and especially the former looked to have regained his form back, playing like a proper World no. 1 batsman in the format.
Just when things were going south for India, Bhuvi and Shardul brought them back into the game with wickets of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan. Hardik Pandya chipped in next over and joined the wicket-taking club, dismissing England's skipper Eoin Morgan cheaply.
India's death bowlers wrapped things quickly thereafter as England finished the innings on 188, falling short by 36 runs.