- Suryakumar Yadav scored 68 against Hong Kong
- Virat Kohli scored 59 runs against Hong Kong
- Team India’s picture could have changed if Surya had come at number 3
Asia Cup 2022, Suryakumar Yadav: In the previous Asia Cup match against Hong Kong, Suryakumar Yadav came out to bat after 13 overs. A total of 42 balls were bowled after he came to the crease, out of which he faced 26 balls. Surya played a brilliant innings and scored 68 runs in 26 balls at a strike rate of 261.53. India made a total of 192 runs on the basis of his quick innings. If this Mumbai batsman had got a chance to play more deliveries, had he come to bat at number three in place of Virat Kohli, then the Indian team’s total would have been close to 250 and he would have a century instead of a half-century.
What would have happened if Suryakumar had come at number 3?
After the match against Hong Kong, there is a demand for Suryakumar to bat at number three. Let us understand this through statistics. In the last match, Virat Kohli came at number three. He faced a total of 44 balls and scored 59 runs at a strike rate of 134.09. Had Surya been in his place and he would have scored at the same pace with which he scored against Hong Kong, he would have scored 115 runs in 44 balls. That is, almost double Kohli’s score of 59. Had Suryakumar come at number three, India’s total would have increased by 56 runs. Indian team would have scored 248 runs instead of 192.
Suryakumar Yadav probable status
How much better Suryakumar than Kohli at number three?
Should this Mumbai batsman, who plays 360 degrees in such a situation, start playing at number three? To understand this, let’s look at their history at this position. So far in his career, Suriya has batted at number three in six T20 Internationals. In this six innings, he has scored 176 runs at a strike rate of 157.14. His performance is definitely better than Kohli’s batting but not much different. In his T20 career so far, Virat has scored 2563 runs in 65 innings batting at number three at a strike rate of 135.32. But it is worth noting that these figures of Kohli have been prepared in the last 11 years. At the same time, Suryakumar has been playing matches for India for just one year.
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav stats at number 3
Suryakumar has always been giving his best at number four. In this position, he has so far scored 330 runs in 10 innings of T20 Internationals at a strike rate of 196.42 and his only century in this position.
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