WI vs IND: Suryakumar Yadav pulls off a spectacular helicopter shot off Alzarri Joseph

WI vs IND: Suryakumar Yadav pulls off a spectacular helicopter shot off Alzarri Joseph

Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav smashed 43 runs in the first four overs.

Suryakumar Yadav in the first T20I against West Indies
Suryakumar Yadav in the first T20I against West Indies. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Suryakumar Yadav welcomed Alzarri Joseph to T20I cricket with his trademark shot for a six. The right-arm West Indies pacer has made his T20I debut in the ongoing match against India at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. He conceded 18 runs in his first over but took the big wicket of Hardik Pandya in his third over.

West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to bowl first after losing the ODI series by 0-3. Returning skipper Rohit Sharma opened the innings with right-handed batter Suryakumar Yadav. This was a big and surprising decision from the management as the latter has been excellent in the middle-order. Both Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson are missing the starting eleven, and fans were hoping Rishabh Pant will open the innings to provide a right-left batting combination.

India started well by scoring 20 runs in the first two overs. Rohit took charge from the start and looked confident with his shot selection. Suryakumar also looked aggressive with his approach from the beginning. Joseph, who took six wickets on his Indian Premier League debut with Mumbai Indians, was facing his previous teammates on his T20I debut. Suryakumar managed to get two runs on Alzarri’s first delivery and smashed a big six on the next ball over long leg.

Off the second ball of the over, Surya nonchalantly flicked the helicopter-esque shot over fine leg. It was pure wristwork from the batter and the spectators, along with commentators, were in awe of him.

India posted 190 runs batting first

India put 43 runs on the scoreboard in the first four overs with Suryakumar Yadav scoring 24 off just 16 balls. But Akeal Hosein dismissed the batter in the next over to give West Indies an opening they were looking for. The in-form batter Shreyas Iyer came in at number three position but Hosein took a spectacular catch to dismiss him for a duck, on Obed McCoy’s delivery in the next over. And India were struggling on 45/2 at the end of powerplay overs.

Rishabh Pant struggled from the start and looked troubled with his shot selection. He smashed two back-to-back fours off Keemo Paul and gave away his wicket on the next ball while trying to hit over long-on. The in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya joined Rohit at the crease but he lasted only three balls as Alzarri removed him to take his first T20I wicket. Rohit continued his battle from the other end and smashed his 27th T20I fifty in 35 balls.

However, it was Dinesh Karthik’s amazing finishing skills that propelled India to a brilliant total of 190 runs in their 20 overs. He smashed an unbeaten 41 off 19 balls with four fours and two sixes.