After surging in his T20Is, Suryakumar Yadav warmed up for the ODI Spotlight
Suryakumar Yadav turns out to be one of the biggest stories in Indian cricket in recent times. The emergence of a brilliant batter from the sidelines for the ages is one of the cricketer’s most inspiring stories. Without losing heart, he took his time, put his head down and worked hard and when the opportunity presented itself, he grabbed it with open arms and never looked back. He worked hard in domestic cricket and then made his mark in the IPL breaking the door open for national selection.
The cash-rich league played a huge role in his career as before his international debut he was already a household name in the country.
The Mumbai native made his IPL debut in 2012 for the Mumbai Indians, but it was the 2014 season when Suryakumar Yadav first drew attention. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 70 Lakh and given the role of floater in Gautam Gambhir’s side who was looking for their second IPL title. Gambier showed belief in his abilities as he played 16 matches for them scoring 164 runs at an average of 140.17. The numbers may not be impressive to read, but he played a very important role in the lower middle order providing the finishing touches to KKR’s innings again and again that season. After two impressive seasons, he was appointed Deputy Gambier in the star-studded side.
In 2017, KKR decided to revamp the squad for the next season with Gambhir being released from the side along with Suriya and other notable names.
Subsequently, Mumbaikar worked hard on his batting skills to improve his shot in front of the wicket. He always had the skills to hit square shots off wickets, but he found that missing piece in his batting repertoire.
Exclusively speaking with News18 Cricket NextEx-Mumbai batsman and current Parsee Gymkhana coach Vinayak Mani talks about how Suryakumar began developing his game around six years ago working on batting straight to extend his shot range.
“He always played well at the wicket square and behind the wicket. He always had that, the ability to do it at will, from the days I watched him. But as time went on, he realized the importance of hitting the straight field as well. And I think the evolution has taken place, perhaps. Six years ago, he started hitting the field more straight in domestic cricket, said Mane.
Mumbai Indians resigned Surya for ₹3.2 crore in IPL 2018 auction as the new and most important chapter of Surya’s career started from there. He smashed 512 home runs in his comeback season at MI to become a regular on the star-studded team.
He continued his scoring career in the next two seasons as well as hitting 424 and 480 runs in 2019 and 2020, playing a pivotal role with the bat in their title victories. Despite his consistent display with the bat, the national call-up continued to elude him – and this was made worse by the fact that the selectors were in a desperate search for a stable No. 4 in the Indian line-up.
It was a difficult time for him, as it would have been for anyone trying to break through the doors of choice.
However, his tenacity and a long period of sustained runs meant he could not be overlooked anymore and he earned his first call-up for the home series against England in 2021. He made an immediate impact on the big stage with his hook volley against Jofra Archer making the most Taking advantage of the first ball he faced in international cricket. He went on to score 57 points in his first innings and was also named player of the match.
Sky soon becomes the limit for Surya and he is now the highest ranked T20I player in the world. The recently concluded T20 Globalism In the 2022 Cup, Syria played some stunning shots across the floor to light up the tournament. He scored 239 runs at an amazing strike rate of 189.68.
But he worked hard to reach this level and it was all due to methodical planning and changing his eating habits.
His exploits on the big stage put him in comparison with legendary South African batsman AB de Villiers who reinvented our perception of batting and shot making with his ability to maneuver the pitch and become a 360 degree player.
Not surprisingly, SKY is now being talked about at the same time as ABD. Surya recently said there can only be one ‘Mr 360’, but de Villiers himself begged to differ and spoke highly of the Indian mixture.
“I’m very happy for Surya. I think he’s come a very long way. I’ve never seen that happen, the way he plays. He was very conservative and stuck to his game plans at the beginning but now he sets the base and the foundation and then he starts to dominate the bowlers,” De Villiers told the agency. News “It’s great to see that he has a bright future ahead of him.” PTI.
After making a statement in T20I cricket, Surya’s next target should be steering India To next year’s ODI World Cup glory. Preparations for the massive tournament will start this month with a three ODI series against New Zealand. With Surya, India now has a strong number 4 in the middle order which has given strength to their batting line.
The 32-year-old has played 13 ODIs for India so far in which he has scored 340 runs at an average of 34. However, unlike T20Is where he plays attacking bowlers from the start, in ODIs he will have to tweak his approach a bit. He did it in local cricket so it wouldn’t be difficult for him to move to a different area.
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