IND vs AFG: Good News! Watch

Number one T20I batsman and Indian star Suryakumar Yadav gave much-needed relief to the Indian fans ahead of the IPL and T20 World Cup 2024. Suryakumar recently sustained an ankle injury on the tour of South Africa and underwent surgery for the same. Suryakumar now has started to bat in the nets and he shared a glimpse of the same on his Instagram story.

Suryakumar Yadav is very important for the Indian cricket team and the Mumbai Indians considering the upcoming IPL and the T20 World Cup. Surya recently led India in the T20I series against Australia and South Africa. India were able to defeat Australia by 4-1 whereas India were able to level the series under Suryakumar against the Proteas.

Watch – Suryakumar Yadav Starts Practicing At The Nets

Suryakumar Yadav was also expected to lead India in the T20 World Cup 2024 as Hardik Pandya was also excluded from the Indian team due to an injury during the 2023 ODI World Cup. However, as Rohit Sharma has returned to the Indian team, it is very much clear that he will only lead the ‘Men in Blue’ in the major ICC tournament.

Suryakumar Yadav was also named the ICC Men’s T20 Player of the Year in 2022 and has been nominated for the same award in 2023. With the performance Suryakumar has displayed in the T20Is in 2023, he is the favorite to win the award.

Suryakumar Yadav has a wide range of shots and is known to be the new ‘Mr. 360’ of international cricket after AB de Villiers. Suryakumar played some crucial knocks during the T20 World Cup 2022 and will now look to express himself to the fullest in the upcoming edition of the tournament.

Getting back to India’s current T20I series against Afghanistan, it was all-rounder Shivam Dube, whose unbeaten 60 run knock-off 40 balls guided India to a six-wicket win over the Afghani team. India chased down 159 runs in the 18th over itself when Dube hit a six and a four to finish things off in style for India.

India didn’t start off well as captain Rohit Sharma was run out for a duck in the very first over of the innings. However, his partner Shubman Gill kept playing his shots and scored 23 runs from 12 balls with five boundaries. However, Gill threw his wicket away to Mujeeb Ur Rahman when he was stumped by Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

After the fall of early wickets, Shivam Dube took charge and put up decisive 40-odd run stands with Jitesh Sharma, Tilak Varma, and Rinku Singh. At last, India proved to be good enough for Afghanistan and they won the match by six wickets.

The IND vs AFG T20I series is India’s last bilateral T20I competition ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024. India have given themselves a brilliant start and the second match of the series will be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on January 14.

The T20 World Cup 2024 will start from June 1, 2024 in the West Indies and USA.

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