Suryakumar Yadav. PC- Getty
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- Getty

Suryakumar Yadav made his debut for India last year, but it didn’t take him long to build a name for himself. In fact, he is presently regarded as the best T20I player in the ICC batting rankings.

Despite frequently scoring well in the Indian Premier League and home circuit, he was only recently called up to the Indian side. In order to prepare for international cricket, the Mumbai native continued to refine his batting technique. 

One of the topics of conversation in international cricket over the past year has been Suryakumar Yadav’s rise to prominence. And now he’s ignited the World Cup with 225 runs from five games, three fifty-plus scores, and a mind-blowing strike rate of 193.97. 

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- Getty
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- Getty

Suryakumar Yadav Always Had The Ability To Do Well: Vinayak Mane

Former Mumbai batter and current Parsee Gymkhana coach Vinayak Mane spoke exclusively with noted journalist G Krishnan for News18 Cricketnext about how Suryakumar Yadav began improving his game around six years ago as he worked on hitting straight to increase the variety of shots he could take. 

“He always played well square of the wicket and behind the wicket. He always had that, ability to do that at will, since the days I’m watching him. But as time went by, he realized the importance of hitting the straight field as well.

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- ICC
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- ICC

And I think the development has happened say six years back maybe. He started hitting straight field more in domestic cricket. Obviously, he tried it in nets and then he started doing it and then he started hitting extra cover more and long off.

And I think now he’s able to confuse the bowlers more since he can hit behind the wicket also and developed hitting the straight field as well. I think that adds a lot of technical advantage,” Mane said. 

One of the few players with the 360-degree scoring ability mastered earlier by the renowned South African batter AB de Villiers is Suryakumar Yadav. 

Surya just passed Mohammad Rizwan to become only the second batter in history to record 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year. Rizwan accomplished the feat in 2017. 

Suryakumar Yadav Has Always Been A Smart Operator: Vinayak Mane

Mane has known Surya for a very long time, and he revealed specifics about how the two of them had previously been affiliated with the same teams through coincidence. 

Suryakumar Yadav INdia. PC- ICC
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- ICC

“I know Surya since his under 19 days. I used to play for Bharat Petroleum for many years and worked for them. And then when it all started, we started recruiting players on scholarship and Surya was one of the players we took in the first batches So we have been watching him since then.

Played alongside him quite a bit of cricket for BPCL. Later on, I moved to Parsee Gymkhana and coincidentally he also joined us after a couple of years. And yeah, I’ve seen him quiet for a long now, always been a very smart operator,” he added. 

IND vs ENG: "The Development Has Happened Say Six Years Back"- Vinayak Mane Describes Suryakumar Yadav's Preparation for the International Stage IND vs ENG: "The Development Has Happened Say Six Years Back"- Vinayak Mane Describes Suryakumar Yadav's Preparation for the International Stage IND vs ENG: "The Development Has Happened Say Six Years Back"- Vinayak Mane Describes Suryakumar Yadav's Preparation for the International Stage IND vs ENG: "The Development Has Happened Say Six Years Back"- Vinayak Mane Describes Suryakumar Yadav's Preparation for the International Stage

Also Read: MI Cape Town To Host Paarl Royals To Open The First Season Of SA20