With pure luck Suryakumar Yadav failed to get a chance to fight in his international debut last week and was eliminated in the ensuing game. But the Mumbai Indian batsman bounced back in style when he got a chance on Thursday and smashed the first ball of his international career for a six, in the fourth T20I in a series of five games against England at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Entering the fourth after Rohit Sharmadismissal, Suryakumar sent the short ball from Joffra Archer from a hook shot on a fine leg. Archer tilted it to the middle, and Suryakumar shifted and executed with one foot from behind. Among the full-fledged teams, he became the third batsman to open his career in the T20I with six points, after Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir against India in 2007 and Mangaliso Moselle of South Africa against Sri Lanka in 2017.
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Suryakumar replaced the injured Ishan Kishan, with whom he made his international debut in the second T20I, for the fourth T20I. On Thursday, he was sent to fight at number 3, unlike number 6 in his international debut.
India lost the throw and was set to fight first. The hosts follow the series with 1-2, after losing the opening and the third match.