Suryakumar Yadav: The sun who always rose to the occasion

On his 29th birthday, let us take a look at the Mumbai batsman's exploits that helped him become one of the finest T20 players Mumbai has produced

Suryakumar Yadav: The sun who always rose to the occasion

Indian cricketer Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the most eminent players that Mumbai has produced. From being an explosive opener to being the responsible captain that ensured his team would clinch the victory, Yadav has developed himself as a player over the years. On Saturday, the right-hand batsman who currently represents Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League celebrated his 29th birthday.

Born on September 14, 1990, the right-handed batsman is a known face in Indian cricket and has been one of the most consistent players. The Mumbai-born batsman has shown the hunger to perform repeatedly in the domestic circuit and has also done reasonably well in IPL too.


Surya made his first-class debut against Delhi during the 2010-11 Ranji season and he was signed by Mumbai Indians in 2012. However, he was only given limited opportunities and was later axed after the next season. But since fortune favours the brave, Yadav was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders and got limelight after playing some blistering cameos in the 2014 edition of the tournament.


As SKY (Suryakumar Yadav) showed the world his capabilities, IPL franchise Mumbai Indians were forced to go back to Yadav in the 2018 auction and the batsman was roped in for a whopping amount of ₹3.2 crore. And as he returned back to the Paltan, he was pushed up the order and the move fruited as, Suryakumar finished as the highest run-getter in the tournament for Mumbai with a remarkable tally of 512 runs (Avg. 36.57, S/R 133.33) in 2018.

He also played a crucial role in leading Mumbai Indians to win the title in the 2019 edition.

One of his classic innings came against Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of IPL 2015 as he took his former teammates, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, to the cleaners and scored 46 in just 20 deliveries for Kolkata Knight Riders. Eventually, Knight Riders managed to chase down the 168-run target and bagged a seven-wicket win. 

All is not lost

While his scintillating batting and consistent performances have wooed the nation, it seems the selectors have chosen to turn a blind eye towards his talent. However, not all hope is lost for Surya. As the prestigious ICC World T20 2020 draws closer, the Indian selectors will be looking for a bunch of players, more importantly, youngsters who can excel in the tournament.

And, Suryakumar Yadav certainly deserves a chance in the tournament that will take place in September next year. Therefore, all he requires is to go and score runs consistently in the domestic circuit and show some good performance in IPL 2020.

For Surya, just as his name suggests, has always risen to the occasion for his team.

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