Suryakumar struck a wide ranging 111 not out off 51 balls and fired India to 191 for six because the guests outplayed New Zealand by 65 runs within the second T20 Worldwide right here.
“There has been a number of great T20 players from India, so many great cricketers. Surya has been having a great 12 months and it is for him to continue to do what he has been doing (for over a period of time),” Southee mentioned when requested if Suryakumar is one of the best ever T20 participant from India he has bowled to.
“India has produced so many amazing cricketers not only in the T20 format but also across the three formats. You have got so many players who have played for a long period of time and have achieved so much over a long period of time.”
Promoted to quantity three, the 32-year-old Suryakumar toyed with the New Zealand bowlers who appeared clueless because the Indian batter performed some extraordinary photographs.
He smashed boundaries and sixes at will, his final 64 runs coming off simply 18 balls. His entertaining innings had 11 fours and 7 sixes and his strike charge was an unbelievable 217.64.
“He (Suryakumar) is a player who can hit in a number of ways. He has been in great form in the last 12 months — IPL and international cricket. He came up with a very impressive knock today,” mentioned Southee who returned with figures of three/34 from his 4 overs.
Suryakumar went berserk within the penultimate over bowled by Lockie Ferguson, hammering 4 boundaries and an exceptional six over deep level. The final 5 overs yielded 72 runs.
Southee had his moments within the match. He bowled a superb twentieth over and stemmed the free stream of runs by taking a hat-trick. He dismissed Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya on the trot.
“I was a bit lucky there, bowling the last over, it’s a nice feeling. Sometimes you bowled really well but don’t get the rewards, but today (it was different). It’s part of the game,” mentioned the 33-year-old who has taken 132 wickets from 106 T20 Worldwide matches.
Requested if it was robust for the gamers to play in damp circumstances, Southee mentioned, “It’s never ideal (with wet balls), but it is the same for both the teams. You have to adapt to the conditions.”
On New Zealand falling brief by 65 runs in the long run, he mentioned, “Chasing that kind of a total, you needed a decent partnership at some stage. Another day, you would have got two or three early wickets (in the India innings).”