Tilak Varma stormed past Gambhir, and Suryakumar joins an elite list

Team India pulled things back to defeat the West Indies by 7 wickets in Guyana. Chasing 160, Men in Blue have jolted early again, with openers Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal falling early, but unlike the previous two games, two batters who personify T20 batting, Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma took center stage and made it a night to remember for the Indian fans.

Their 87-run partnership set India’s chase on track. Suryakumar hit 10 fours and four sixes for a 44-ball 83, while Tilak, 21, continued to impress in his young career with another unbeaten 49. Varma and Suryakumar contributed to several amazing accomplishments.

Tilak is now second on the list of most T20I runs for India after three innings, with scores of 39, 51, and 49. With 139 runs, the Mumbai Indians teenager surpassed former India opener Gautam Gambhir’s aggregate of 109, 0 against Pakistan, 51 against New Zealand, and 58 against England at the 2007 T20 World Cup. Deepak Hooda leads the list with scores of 21 against Sri Lanka, followed by an unbeaten 47 and 104 against Ireland just last year. Tilak also became the second Indian batsman to achieve scores of 30 or more in each of his first three T20I innings.

Suryakumar was equally red-hot. Suryakumar became the joint second-fastest player in T20I history after hitting his third six off a slower one from Romario Shepherd. SKY, the no.1 T20I batter is not only level with Chris Gayle and second only to Evin Lewis in 49 innings, but he is also the quickest Indian to reach a ton of T20I maximums.