"Out of this world.."- Here's what Kane Williamson said about Suryakumar Yadav's epic century vs NZ in 2nd T20I
And the hero of the match was none other than Suryakumar Yadav, who brought up his second T20I century and made an unbeaten 111 off 51 balls with 11 boundaries and 7 maximums to carry on his rocking form.
Thus, the 32-year-old also won "Man of the Match" for his brilliant century. It was such an incredible innings that even the opposition captain couldn't stop himself from praising the Indian star for his match-winning knock in the second game on Sunday.
Kane Williamson admitted that the SKY knock made the difference between the two teams and said that the 32-year-old is the best player in the shortest format in the world right now. Suryakumar also equaled Rohit Sharma's record of two T20I centuries in a calendar year. SKY made his first century against England.
Furthermore, Williamson said, "Surya's innings was out of this world. One of the best knocks I've ever seen. Some of those shots, I've never seen before. Again, I'll say about Suryakumar, his innings was the difference."
Notably, this was the first time that any Indian batter scored a T20I century in New Zealand. Suryakumar has continued the momentum he left in the T20 World Cup. India started with a new opening pair of Rishabh Pant (6) and Ishan Kishan (36).
But both batters looked a bit rusty. Shreyas Iyer (13) and skipper Hardik Pandya (13) also couldn't do much with the bat. But SKY made it one-sided. He reached his fifty off 32 balls, and it took him another 17 balls to complete the next fifty.
For New Zealand, veteran pacer Tim Southee also took a hat-trick, dismissing Hardik, Deepak Hooda, and Washington Sundar in the last over. For India, Hooda (4/10), Yuzi Chahal (2/26) and Mohammed Siraj (2/24) chipped in with wickets.