Team India's batting would have been completely exposed in front of South Africa's fast bowling lineup if Suryakumar Yadav had not handled the team with his strong batting. He not only shared a 52-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik for the sixth wicket but also gave Team India a score to fight before being dismissed. Surya played a fast-paced inning of 68 runs in 40 balls. He hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his innings.
Thanks to his innings, Team India was able to score 133 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted over and could fight till the last over against South Africa. However, David Miller's unbeaten 59 ended Team India's winning streak and South Africa defeated India in the T20 World Cup after 13 years.
Gambhir praises Surya
It is not too long ago when Virat Kohli's 82-run innings played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was rated as the best T20 innings, but Suryakumar Yadav's innings played against South Africa was recognized by former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir as T20. Best innings that have been played by an Indian.
Gambhir said that "I have not seen a better T20 innings than this. It was probably the best innings of T20, wickets were falling continuously and it was great to bat on such a pitch." He further added that "Suryakumar Yadav batted well even in England when everyone was struggling. He also batted brilliantly in the West Indies."
bat at number 3
Gambhir said to send Surya up in the batting, "The order in which he comes, he does not get enough time. Virat Kohli is experienced, he can bat at No. 4. I think from here the whole world Till the cup, Surya should bat at No. 3 and then see what happens.