Ahead of a long-awaited international debut, Suryakumar Yadav has credited Mumbai Indians and its captain, Rohit Sharma, for showing immense support leading up to now. The BCCI, at last, included Suryakumar Yadav in the 19-man squad for the five-match T20 series against England after facing backlash for not sending him to Australia for the shortest format in 2020. The elegant right-handed batsman has opened up on the unprecedented backing received from the IPL franchise.
Suryakumar Yadav has been key to Mumbai Indians’ franchise since joining the team in 2018, playing a crucial role in their title victories. The Mumbai-born batsman crossed the 400-run mark in three consecutive seasons while his strike rate amounts to 134.57, crafting vital knocks for them. The 2020 edition was arguably the most impressive one as he mustered 480 runs at 40 while keeping a strike rate of 145.02.
Suryakumar Yadav recalled when he came to Mumbai Indians in 2018 from Kolkata Knight Riders – a franchise that gave him the finisher’s role. Nevertheless, Mumbai Indians threw him a challenge, handing him the responsibility of batting higher up the order and expressing himself fearlessly. The 30-year old revealed that he batted at number four and also got the chance to open.
“I think their (Mumbai Indians) support has been immense. I still remember when I came back to MI from KKR in 2018… my role at KKR was completely different, I used to bat lower down the order and play the finisher’s role. But at MI, the plan was crystal clear, they wanted me to bat higher up the order, they gave me that responsibility, they gave me that challenge to go out and express fearlessly. I started batting at No. 4, I also got an opportunity to open,” Yadav told India Today.
I have really enjoyed it in the last 3 years: Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav underlined that the franchise showed immense support, showing confidence in his ability that has led him to enjoy his role in the last three years. He went on to credit skipper Rohit Sharma for injecting positivity in the side alongside men like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard too, who have been of massive help.
“I really enjoyed that role as well and later on, they just kept supporting me. The way they have pushed me and shown confidence in my ability has been great and very positive from their side. I have really enjoyed it in the last 3 years. Talking about all the players, starting from the captain, he (Rohit) has shown a lot of faith in me. A lot of positive energy from his side and then there has been Hardik, Krunal and Kieron Pollard, they have been playing around me,” he added.