Suryakumar Yadav is making headlines after showing off his T20I prowess against India in the series decider at Rajkot on Saturday (7 January) and having an incredible century against Sri Lanka.
India’s batting Maverick hit a 45-ball 100 against the Lankan Lions, rubbering three matches 1-1 to tip the scales decisively in India’s favour. Suryakumar achieved his 112* in his 51 deliveries and led India to his intimidating 228/5 with 91 big wins.
The right-hander played several trademark adventurous strokes throughout the knock, featuring seven fours and nine sixes. That it was an innings that surprised no one is just to reiterate that Suryakumar Yadav proved himself to be for India in the shortest format, becoming a batsman over time.
The 32-year-old Mumbaikar, who made his debut last year, posted a staggering T20I strike rate of 180.34 while maintaining an average of 46.41 after pitching 43 innings for India. Due to his consistent achievements, Suryakumar has become a household name, with ardent fans who refer to him by his nickname “SKY” to reaffirm their love for him.
But do you know how the nickname “SKY” came about?
Gambir and SRK combo that created “SKY”
A past conversation between former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambir and the team’s iconic co-owner and Bollywood legend Shahrukh Khan is the basis on which Suryakumar Yadav’s nickname ‘SKY’ was born. It has become viral as a means of
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In a tweet dating back to the 2015 edition of the IPL, under the captaincy of Gambhir, when Suryakumar was KKR’s named end-over hitter, did the former Indian starter think ‘SKY’ was better for the great Khan? I can see you checking what’s going on. Suryakumar’s nickname.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 9, 2015
Khan, who has always had great respect for Gambhir and dearly cherished the fact that he revived KKR’s fortunes with two titles during his tenure, quickly agreed to be the team captain and hailed it as the nickname of the best T20I in India today. SKY” was finally established. 1 mile batter.