Suryakumar Yadav was once again scintillating with the bat as his knock of 79 off 43 deliveries got Mumbai Indians home by five wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi. Suryakumar Yadav batted in a league of his own as the Royal Challengers’ bowlers found it challenging to break him. Following receiving the man of the match award, the 30-year old revealed he has been practicing meditation.
Suryakumar Yadav has been the talk of the town since the last couple of days since his unstoppable run-scoring has not received a reward in the form of a national call-up. The 30-year old has been a consistent run-getter not only in domestic cricket but also in IPL, amassing more than 400 runs in 2018 and 2019. His knock of 79, laced with ten fours and three sixes took his run-tally to 300 in IPL 2020.
Mumbai Indians made a tremendous comeback after electing to bowl first as Royal Challengers Bangalore threatened to put up a massive total. Jasprit Bumrah was their chief tormentor, collecting figures of 4-1-14-13, including a double-wicket maiden. Devdutt Padikkal struck 74 off 44 balls; however, the likes of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers could not do much, leading them to settle for 164. Suryakumar Yadav’s 79 and the other batsmen’s cameos sealed the eighth win for Mumbai Indians.
“I worked on my game a lot during the lockdown” : Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav revealed that he worked on his game plenty during the lockdown and was keen on finishing games. The 30-year old underlined that practising meditation regularly has helped him to stay calm and collective. Yadav loved his shots that he struck off Yuzvendra Chahal and Dale Steyn’s bowling. He highlighted his liking for batting at number three; however, Yadav was glad to finish the game today and in a spectacular fashion.
“I was looking to finish games for a long time. I used to thick how to do it. I needed to know my game completely and just go out and do it. Been doing meditation, spending time on myself, that helps me out in the middle. The shots that stood out were over covers to Chahal, and the back-foot drive to Dale Steyn. I worked on my game a lot during the lockdown. Before that I used to prefer the leg side. I have been loving the No. 3 position, but I wanted to finish off the game, which is why I am glad with this effort,” Yadav told in the post-match presentation.