“I personally think that’s the best I’ve seen live T20 cricket.”

New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has called Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav’s outstanding 111 of 51 unbeaten deliveries in the third T20I as the best inning he’s seen live.

The Kiwi bowlers had no answer for the T20I batter at number 1 as he sent them to every corner of Mount Maunganui, earning his second T20I hundred in the process. Suryakumar’s thumping was filled with breathtaking strokeplay, some of which defied the laws of physics.

He scored much of his runs from behind the wicket with the help of his typically unorthodox shots. The right-handed batsman was named Player of the Match for his efforts, which helped India to a comfortable win.

In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Mitchell praised Suryakumar for setting a new standard for racquets around the world. He said:

“He’s really good, isn’t he? I’ve had the pleasure of bowling to him in the IPL. He’s world class. Obviously those innings are, I personally think they’re the best I’ve seen live in T20 cricket . He’s just in pretty good shape these days which makes the game feel easy.”

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

The Mumbai-born batsman is having a memorable year after amassing over 1000 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 very excited to take on the best in the world and India is definitely at the forefront” – Daryl Mitchell

Led by Kane Williamson, New Zealand were eliminated from the 2022 T20 World Cup by Pakistan in the semifinals. After the tournament’s climax, the Kiwis’ focus shifted to their brief home season against India.

While rain has played its part in two of the three games played so far, Mitchell is relishing the opportunity to play against one of the best sides in the world on home soil. Mitchel said:

“They are world class players. Obviously they are really good at international level and when you get to experience IPL with some of these guys you can see how talented and good they are.”

Mitchell continued:

“It’s great to have them over here on our shores in New Zealand in the summer and take on them. We as a group are very excited to take on the best in the world and India is definitely at the forefront.”

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

The Men in Blue secured the T20I series by a 1-0 margin and are also looking to defeat New Zealand in the ODI rubber. It should be noted that they finished 3-0 in the 50-over format against the Kiwis last time out.

India meets New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-game series on Friday 25 November at Eden Park in Auckland.

Also read: “I will rest Arshdeep Singh; I want to see Umran Malik and Deepak Chahar in New Zealand” – Parthiv Patel

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