In his debut as captain, Suryakumar not only led his team to victory but also showcased his batting prowess by smashing an impressive 80 runs off just 42 balls, delivering a captain’s innings.
Suryakumar (80) shared a 112-run partnership with Ishan Kishan as India chased down Australia’s massive 208 for 3 to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Surya had contributed just 18 runs in the World Cup final against Australia on Sunday as India lost by six wickets on the big stage.
During the match, former India coach and commentator Ravi Shastri heaped praise on Suryakumar and asked his fellow commentator and former Australia devastating opener Matthew Hayden how can someone stop Suryakumar Yadav when he was in such great form.
In reply, Hayden hilariously trolled Suryakumar Yadav.
The former Australia star opener said that someone should tell him (Surya) it’s an ODI match.
Here how the conversation unfolded between Shastri and Hayden:
Shastri asked: “How do you stop Suryakumar Yadav when he is in this top form?”
Hayden replied: “Tell him it’s an ODI match”
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Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar also shared the conversation between the two former cricketers and reacted with laughing emojis.
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