Suryakumar Yadav is an Indian cricketer, who is rising rapidly through the cricketing ranks, and is a promising candidate for Team India. Born in 1990, the 27-year-old has played for Mumbai in the domestic cricket circle, and is also a valued asset in the Indian Premier League 2018, for the defending champions, i.e. Mumbai Indians. In this article, we will look at 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about Mumbai Indians’ star Suryakumar Yadav.
1. Learnt Cricket in the streets of Maharashtra
Born in a typical middle-class family, Suryakumar Yadav learnt his cricketing skills while playing in the streets of Maharashtra. At the young age of 10, his father had seen his liking towards the sport, owing to which, he made Suryakumar join a cricket camp in BARC colony in Chembur.
At the age of 12, Suryakumar’s coach HS Kamath saw his exceptional dedication as a player and supported his growth. Later on, he went to Elf Vengsarkar Academy where he was guided and coached by the legendary former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar. The boy went on to play all the age group tournaments of Mumbai.
2. Excellent debut for Mumbai in 2010-11 Ranji Trophy
Suryakumar Yadav made his first-class debut against the Delhi cricket team during the 2010-11 Ranji Season. He had a great start to his career as he top-scored for Mumbai with a well compiled 73, and was the only player to score a half-century in Mumbai’s first innings. Since then, Suryakumar Yadav has been a regular member of the side and has scored reasonably well in every season.
3. Prolific performance in 2011-12 Ranji Trophy
Suryakumar Yadav is an attacking batsman who plays in the top-ranks of Mumbai cricket, and is currently an integral part of the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018. He had an impressive domestic cricket season, i.e., Ranji Trophy 2011-12, as he amassed 754 runs in mere 9 matches, becoming the most prolific batsman for the Mumbai cricket team with a batting average of 68.54, which was bolstered by a maddening figure of 115 boundaries and six maximums.
Suryakumar also scored massive 1000+ runs at the U23 level in 2011-12 season and won the MA Chidambaram Trophy owing to his cricketing prowess.
4. Entered Mumbai Indians’ radar in IPL 2012
Impressing cricketers and selectors all the same by his talent, Suryakumar Yadav received an IPL contract from Mumbai Indians in IPL 2012 season. However, he was ignored throughout the season due to the presence of star veterans like Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.
5. Became a hot property for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014
In 2014 IPL auction, it was Kolkata Knight Riders who had opted to go for this young talent. Ultimately, Suryakumar did prove his worth when he broke the headlines in IPL 2015, hitting a match-winning knock of 20-ball 46 with five sixes. Suryakumar Yadav’s explosive batting had ironically come against his former home-team, Mumbai Indians, and his winning knock of 46 runs had gone to overshadow Rohit Sharma’s classy 98 at the Eden Gardens which had surprised many.
His soon pivotal cameos earned the designation of vice-captain of the team and he played all the matches in 7th edition of IPL, primarily due to his incredible strike-rate. In 55 IPL games, he made a total of 612 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 131.61.
6. Bought by Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 for 10 times his base price
Mumbai Indians had understood that Suryakumar Yadav was a cricketer to have in their team, if the IPL 2017 winners wanted to take a shot at the IPL trophy for the fourth time. Therefore, the Rohit Sharma-led IPL side bought the attacking batsman, who’s price was set at INR 30 lakh, for INR 3.2 crore. The offer made to Suryakumar Yadav was worth more than 10 times of his base price. That’s a fat cheque.
7. Scored 90 runs in 42 balls in the Final of T20 Mumbai League
The T20 Mumbai League was a local T20 league which was launched by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and was restricted to Mumbai and it’s outskirts. The league was started to rope in young and unearthed talent from Mumbai to the fore, as the city had given birth to some of the best cricketers India has ever seen. Playing for Triumph Knights Mumbai North East team, Suryakumar led from the front and proved his worth, just ahead of the IPL 2018 auctions.
Suryakumar Yadav had revealed later, that he was looking to get used to the conditions that were at play at the Wankhede Stadium, i.e. T20 Mumbai League’s designated venue and Mumbai Indians’ homeground for Indian Premier League, in order to be able to perform better for MI in IPL 2018. And it was in the final match of the T20 Mumbai League, when Suryakumar Yadav blasted off Shivaji Park Lions’ bowlers by scoring 90 runs off 42 deliveries.
8. Highest run scorer for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 so far
Mumbai Indians opener Suryakumar Yadav is shining the brightest with the bat, after he slammed a 31-ball 50 against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Yadav’s fifty against KKR was his fourth of the IPL 2018 season, after which he joined SRH captain Kane Williamson with the most number of fifties so far. Currently, Suryakumar Yadav is the highest run-getter for the Mumbai Indians with 399 runs in 10 matches.
After the performance, Yadav said, “I’m really enjoying my new role. I didn’t know it was coming or not but I was flexible to bat at any number for this team and I’m glad and thankful to them that they gave me this opportunity. I’ve been playing most of my games at Wankhede, so it wasn’t that difficult.”
9. Suryakumar Yadav inspired by Gautam Gambhir & MS Dhoni
Yadav looks up to Team India veterans Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni when it comes to maintaining composure in times for adversity. He was quoted by a website as saying, “When it comes to calmness I look up to our captain Gautam Gambhir. Whenever he has been under pressure, he has always come up with stellar performances. Secondly, I look up to MS Dhoni. Whenever he has won games for India or the Chennai Super Kings, he has been very calm.”
10. Suryakumar Yadav has a tattoo of his parents on his shoulder
Suryakumar is known to have quite a few tattoos on his body. While one tattoo is a pattern that the batsman opted for, to please his sense of pride, there are two other tattoos which have a more humble reason. While one tattoo on his shoulder is of his parents, the other reads, ‘Life is what you make it’. Speaking about his ink works, MI opening batsman said,
“When I got selected for KKR, I put their names in ambigram form. So, from one side it reads Ashok but it reads Sapna from the other. The same day I got the tattoo, I had made up my mind to ink my parents’ faces on my arm if we win the tournament.”