The 32-year-old Yadav was just eight runs away from surpassing Dhawan in terms of runs scored in T20 Internationals in a calendar year and he achieved that by whacking a monstrous six off Anrich Nortje in the seventh over during an Indian inning.
Most Runs in a Calendar year for India
- Suryakumar Yadav- 732 runs in 2022*
- Shikhar Dhawan- 689 runs in 2018
- Virat Kohli- 649 runs in 2016
- Rohit Sharma- 590 runs in 2018
- Rohit Sharma- 497 runs in 2016 and 2022*
The hard-hitting Mumbai batter also surpassed Pakistan batter Mohammad Rizwan and become the leading six-hitter in a calendar year in the shortest format of the game.
While Rizwan clobbered 42 sixes in T20I for Pakistan in 2021, Suryakumar Yadav has cracked 44 sixes in T20Is thus far in 2022.
Most Sixes in a Calendar Year
- Suryakumar Yadav: 44* in 2022
- Mohammad Rizwan: 42 in 2021
- Martin Guptill: 41 in 2021
As for the match, Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar tormented South Africa’s batting lineup and restricted them to 106 for eight in 20 overs.
In reply, India chased down the target in 16.4 overs, thanks to KL Rahul (51*) and Suryakumar Yadav’s (50) match-winning partnership of 93 runs.
Having taken an early lead in the series, the Men in Blue will now take the field against wounded South Africa in the second T20I at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on October 2.
Suryakumar Yadav has been India’s best T20I batter since his international debut.