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IND vs SA: Pant goes to Dhoni in elite club; Suryakumar eyes unique century | Cricket

With Team India going to miss out on the services of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in the 3rd T20I, the responsibility is to beat superstars Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav to deliver the goods for the hosts in the absence of key campaigners. The Indian thinker will also expect Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer to perform in the absence of Rahul and Kohli at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.

Wicket-keeper batter Pant could write his name in the record books on Tuesday when India takes on South Africa in the 3rd T20I. Pant is likely to be promoted to the top rank in the 3rd T20I and will aim to become the 10th Indian batter to complete 1,000 runs in the shortest format for the 2007 world champions. Pant has amassed 934 runs in 61 games for India. Previously, Pant’s teammate Suryakumar had delivered the same feat in the 2nd T20I against the Proteas.

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After securing the three-game streak by winning consecutive games, Rohit’s Team India will face Temba Bavuma-led South Africa in the dead rubber on Tuesday. Premier batter Suryakumar played a match-winning knockout for India in the penultimate clash of the three-match series. The in-form batter also shattered multiple records in the 2nd T20I against South Africa at Barsapara Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Suryakumar became the fastest batter to complete 1,000 runs (in terms of number of balls faced) in the shortest format. The star batter hopes to continue its impressive series in the shortest format on Tuesday. Interestingly, Suryakumar can beat a unique century in T20I cricket in Indore. The Indian team’s milestone man has scored 93 fours in his brilliant T20I career.

The 32-year-old is just seven boundaries away from scoring 100 fours in T20I cricket. Suryakumar can join Rohit, Kohli, Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the T20I list of batters who broke 100 fours for Team India. Suryakumar, the third-fastest Indian batter to 1000 T20I runs, hit the second-fastest half-century in India’s 8-wicket win over South Africa at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.


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