Suryakumar Yadav’s injury update has surfaced after a concerning ankle twist during the 3rd T20I against South Africa, where India secured a resounding 106-run victory to level the series 1-1. Yadav, the Indian skipper, suffered the injury while fielding and had to leave the field in the third over of South Africa’s chase. The ankle twist occurred when he threw the ball after stopping a shot from Reeza Hendricks.
Carried off the field by the Indian support staff and physio, Suryakumar Yadav did not return to play. In his absence, Ravindra Jadeja, serving as the deputy, played a pivotal role in India’s triumph. Jadeja, alongside spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who claimed a five-wicket haul, ensured South Africa was bowled out for 95 runs in 13.5 overs.
Addressing the injury scare in the post-match presentation, Suryakumar provided reassurance, stating, “I am good. I am walking, so good. Always a good feeling. When it comes in a winning cause, it makes me happier.” Despite the injury setback, Suryakumar Yadav was named the Player of the Match for his outstanding century that propelled India to a total of 201/7 in the 20-over contest.
Suryakumar’s record-equalling fourth century, achieved in just 55 balls, placed him in an elite group alongside Rohit Sharma and Glenn Maxwell. This marked his first T20I century as captain, contributing significantly to India’s success. With an average of 78.00, the No.1 T20I batter concluded the year with 733 runs in 18 matches.
Reflecting on the team’s performance, Suryakumar highlighted the strategy to play fearless cricket, opting to bat first, set a formidable target, and defend it. He also praised Kuldeep Yadav, emphasizing his hunger for success and describing his performance as a fitting self-gift on his birthday. Suryakumar emphasized the importance of enjoying the game and maintaining a crucial balance in cricket.