From batting in the lower middle-order for seasons at Kolkata Knight Riders, Suryakumar Yadav was promoted in the top four at Mumbai, and he flourished instantly delivering a 500-run season. For Mumbai Indians, he has scored 1589 runs at 33.81 while striking at 136.63; Suryakumar Yadav has been a significant contributor to the team’s success helping them win their last couple of IPL titles.
His numbers in domestic cricket also catapulted – since the 2018-19 season, the right-hander has averaged 55.56 in List A cricket, at a strike rate of 131.88. This also culminated in him getting a long-awaited call-up to the Indian team earlier this year, when he sparkled with a fifty in his maiden international innings in a T20I against England.
“I have always been batting the same that I am batting right now. After I came to Mumbai Indians in 2018, things started changing a bit. I got to know what my responsibility is. How to go about my game and how can I take it one step ahead. That’s when I started practicing even more. I talked to all the players who knew me really well since the last 5-6 years. I am happy with the way things are going,” Suryakumar Yadav said after the ODI series win against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
From here on, how I build it is all in my hands: Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav, who made his India debut after the age of 30, is amongst the leading candidate to take a middle-order spot in India’s T20 World Cup eleven.
He was adjudged the Player of the Series against Sri Lanka in the ODIs, for scoring 124 at 62.00 while striking at 122.77. He is excited for the journey ahead and acknowledged that his future in the Indian team lies entirely in his own hands.
“Obviously, everyone dreams of playing for India. It has been a lot of effort, lot of grind, lot of patience behind this. It has been worth the wait, and I’m really happy about it. From here on, how I build it is all in my hands. I’m really excited for the journey ahead,” the Mumbai Indians batsman added.