Suryakumar Yadav opens up about the Mumbai Indians’ tactic to promote Ishan Kishan at number 3 in their loss to Punjab Kings on Friday.
Mumbai started off slowly on another bowler-friendly track in Chennai and lost Quinton de Kock at the end of the second over with just 7 runs on the board. There was a change in the MI batting line-up as Ishan Kishan came out to bat instead of the regular number 3, Suryakumar Yadav.
The right-hander later revealed that the management had already decided that Kishan will bat at number 3 if de Kock gets out before Rohit Sharma, to continue the left-right combination. Suryakumar Yadav said that he was fine with this move and understands Kishan would do the same role which he does often.
“Ishan’s promotion was completely management’s call and we decided collectively that if a left-hander gets out then a left-hander walks in. He and I have been playing a similar role in the past few years. So, I was completely okay with it. We both decided we’ll do the same way what everyone decides and we were clear in our plans very much,” Suryakumar Yadav said at the post-match press conference.
However, the ruse backfired as the 22-year-old left-hander found it difficult to get going and departed for a scratchy 17-ball 6. Yadav then joined his skipper in the middle, and both the senior batters began the resurrection of the innings with their 79-run partnership.
Both the batters departed in quick succession and the Punjab bowlers didn’t give the MI finishers any momentum as they end with a below-par total of 131, which was chased down by smart batting from the Punjab top-order.
It’s Just A Matter Of One Game, Things Will Be Completely Different In Delhi: Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav, who recently sparkled on his India debut, reckons there is no need to panic as all the players are confident. Mumbai’s much-vaunted batting has come under the scanner and it was the bowlers who dragged them for a couple of victories in their five matches so far.
They also now move away from the stodgy Chennai pitch to Delhi, where better, batting-friendly wickets, which would suit their style of play, can be expected. Suryakumar Yadav assures the fans that the team will make a comeback in Delhi from their last couple of defeats in Chennai. They meet Rajasthan Royals on Thursday afternoon.
“Talking about performances, I feel it’s all about that confidence what you carry and I feel everyone is hitting the ball really well in the nets. Everyone is really positive in their mindset. It’s all about just going out there and expressing themselves.
“It’s just a matter of one game. We don’t want to think about what has happened in Chennai. When we reach Delhi, I think things will be completely different, and MI will be a completely different side,” the 30-year-old stated.