Mumbai Indians middle-order batsman, Suryakumar Yadav opens up about the impact of having his family with him during the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE.
Yadav had a remarkable season with the bat. He was instrumental in Mumbai Indians winning their fifth IPL title. The right-hander scored 480 runs at an average of 40 with a strike rate of 145 and recorded 4 half-centuries. The 30-year-old has been knocking on the door of the national teams for the past few years with his consistent performance in the domestic circuit and the IPL.
I could feel the difference, we were all happy: Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav heaped praises for the Mumbai Indians owners for letting the players bring their families. Most teams didn’t allow the cricketers to bring their wives with them; on the other hand, the Ambani-owned franchise permitted their players to be with their wives and also kids to UAE.
Yadav opined that the owners understand the importance of having their loved ones with them in a long tournament in already difficult circumstances amidst the covid-19 pandemic. He said that he needed someone to support them mentally once they return from the game.
Suryakumar Yadav told The Indian Express, “Many teams didn’t allow families but MI even allowed kids to be there. MI understood why the family was important. They understood that players need someone who can give them mental support once they are back from the game. It was a big group.”
The Maharashtra-born batsman pointed out that people only see what happens on the field, as the behind the scene work gets ignored often. Yadav felt the difference of having his better-half with him during the IPL, which improved his performance on the field.
“People go by what they see on the ground but what happens behind the scenes matters. I could feel the difference in our performance because we were all happy,” Yadav added.
Head coach of the national team, Ravi Shastri has advised Suryakumar Yadav to be patient after not being picked for the Australia tour. Mumbai Indians successfully defended their title – only the second team in the IPL history to do so – and also broke their even year hoodoo.