By India Today Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians star Suryakumar Yadav became only the second MI batter to hit 600-plus runs in an IPL season when he reached the landmark during Qualifier 2 against Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. This is the first time that Suryakumar has hit 600-plus runs in a single IPL season.
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Suryakumar has scored 605 runs at an average of 43.21 and a strike rate of 181.13. The MI star has scored one hundred and five fifties this season, with the best score of 103*. He is the sixth-highest run-scorer this season. Shubman Gill (851), Faf du Plessis (730), Virat Kohli (639), Devon Conway (625), and Yashasvi Jaiswal (625) are the others with 600 or more runs in the ongoing competition.
Suryakumar, who scored 61, also reached a major milestone, as he now has 6,500 runs in T20 cricket. The Mumbai Indians star reached the milestone with his 58th run in the competition. Suryakumar reached the 6,500-run mark (6,503) in his 258th appearance. While he averages more than 35 in the format, his strike rate exceeds 151.
Four hundred and 42 fifty are included in the total. Notably, all of his centuries have come within the last year. In recent years, he has been a bowler’s worst nightmare. Suryakumar’s strike rate of 181.68 is the highest among batters with at least 130 runs this season, despite his 46.54 average. Overall, the swashbuckler has scored over 3,200 runs in 139 IPL games (3,249) at a strike rate of 31.85.
Since his debut in March 2021, the top-ranked T20I batter has dominated the format. He has 1,675 runs at 46.53 in 48 T20Is and a strike rate of 175.76. The total includes three centuries and thirteen fifties. Suryakumar became the first Indian cricketer to score over 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year last year. In 2022, he finished with 1,164 runs and a strike rate of 187.43.