IPL 2022: Harbhajan Singh Calls Suryakumar Yadav, The “Shahrukh Khan Of Mumbai Indians”

Updated - 09 Apr 2022, 05:43 PM

Suryakumar Yadav, Mumbai Indians
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former India and Mumbai Indians (MI) spinner Harbhajan Singh has hailed MI’s star batter Suryakumar Yadav and called him the “Shahrukh Khan Of Mumbai Indians” after he scored a half-century for Mumbai Indians in his first game of the ongoing IPL 2022.

Suryakumar Yadav missed the first two games for Mumbai owing to a hairline fracture in his thumb.

However, on his return, he scored a 36-ball 52 against Kolkata Knight Riders as Mumbai posted a target of 162. MI is on a losing streak, having lost all their three matches of the Indian Premier League season 15.

Recalling the knock and his impact on the Mumbai Indians line-up, Harbhajan, in conversation with Sportskeeda, praised Suryakumar Yadav for his ability to bat in any conditions or circumstances.

Suryakumar Yadav and Harbhajan Singh in IPL. Photo- IPL
Suryakumar Yadav and Harbhajan Singh in IPL. Photo- IPL

“Remember once he had gestured, ‘Main hoon na (I’m still here)’ like Shahrukh Khan used to say, so he is the Shahrukh Khan of this team. He comes during difficult situations and bats very well against spin and can go 360 against pacers.

“And he has so much of confidence in his batting that in situations where he takes 4-5 balls to get off the mark, he knows that he can make up for that later in the innings and he had showed that as well,” he said.

The MI team will next face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 18th match of the IPL 2022 on April 9 in Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gahunje.

Suryakumar Yadav Is Definitely Among The Top Five T20 Batters In The World: Harbhajan Singh   

Suryakumar Yadav had joined the Mumbai Indians side in IPL 2018 and thus far has made a total of 2393 runs in 115 IPL matches. His highest score is 82 and he has 14 half-centuries to his name at an average of 29.54 with a strike rate of 136.20. He has hit 266 fours and 70 sixes as well.

Harbhajan feels that Suryakumar is definitely among the top five T20 cricketers in the world owing to his batting ability.

Suryakumar Yadav, Mumbai Indians
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I’ve seen him over the years, when he first came, he was a bit fat, but has lost a lot of weight in the past few years and worked a lot of his game. And if I have to talk about the top 5 players in the world, then in T20 cricket, Suryakumar Yadav’s name definitely makes the list, because he is that big a player,” he added.

Suryakumar Yadav will be a vital cog in MI’s future during the ongoing IPL 2022 season.

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