“I personally think this is the best I have ever seen live in T20 cricket”

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New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell called Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 111 out of 51 from the third T20I the best run he had ever seen live.

The Kiwi bowlers had no response to the No. 1-rated T20I batter as he sent them to every corner of Mount Maunganui, raising his second T20I cent in the process. Suryakumar’s kick was filled with jaw-dropping blows, some of which defied the laws of physics.

He scored much of his runs behind the wicket using his unorthodox shots. The right-handed hitter was named player of the match for his efforts which helped India to a comfortable victory.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview, Mitchell praised Suryakumar for setting a new standard for hitters around the world. He said:

“He’s really good, isn’t he? I had the pleasure of bowling him in the IPL. He’s world class. Obviously these innings, I personally think that’s the best that I’ve never seen live T20 cricket. He’s easily in pretty good shape at the moment which makes the game easy.”

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also recently praised Suryakumar after expressing his disbelief at some of the shots the Indian ace not only hits, but plays to absolute perfection.

The Mumbai-born hitter had a memorable year, having amassed over 1,000 runs in the shortest format for India. He was consistent regardless of his batting position or the conditions, making him an invaluable asset.

“As a group we are really looking forward to taking on the best in the world and India are definitely up to it” – Daryl Mitchell

Led by Kane Williamson, New Zealand were knocked out by Pakistan from the 2022 T20 World Cup in the semi-finals. After the climax of the tournament, the Kiwis’ attention shifted to the short season at home against India.

With rain playing its part in two of the three matches played so far, Mitchell is relishing the opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the world on home soil. Mitchell said:

“They are world class players. Obviously on the international stage they are really good and to be able to experience the IPL with a number of these guys, you see how talented and good they are.”

Mitchell continued:

“It’s great to have them on our shores here in New Zealand during the summer and to compete against them. As a group we are really looking forward to competing against the best in the world and India are definitely up to it. .”

The Blackcaps are set to tour India in early 2023 for a series of white balls, according to the Future Tours Program (FTP).

The Men in Blue won the T20I series by a 1-0 margin and are also on the prowl to defeat New Zealand in the ODI rubber. It’s worth noting that they faced a 3-0 whitewash the last time they faced the Kiwis in the 50-over format.

India will face New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-match series on Friday, November 25 at Eden Park in Auckland.

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By Peter Kavinsky

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