Teams Played For
Mumbai Indians, Mumbai, India A, Mumbai A, West Zone, Kolkata Knight Riders, India AT20, India B, India Blue, India Red, India C, Triumphs Knights MNE
Suryakumar Yadav, an entertaining middle-order batsman is a key player for both the Mumbai domestic team and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Suryakumar Yadav or SKY as he is popularly known as in cricketing circles was mentored by his coach HS Kamath. He then joined the Elf Vengsarkar Academy and was guided by the former Indian cricket Dilip Vengsarkar.
Suryakumar eventually made his first-class debut against Delhi in the 2010-11 Ranji season and top-scored for Mumbai with 73 runs. The next season, he topped the batting charts for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy with 754 runs from nine matches. This tally also included a terrific double hundred against Odisha. If that wasn’t enough, he made a huge 134-run knock against East Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
After a great start to domestic cricket, Suryakumar suffered a failure for the first time as he made only 58 runs in four matches in the next Ranji season. He was back at somewhere around his best with 529 runs in the 2013-14 Ranji season. Since then, there has been no looking back as Suryakumar Yadav has established himself as one of the top players in the domestic circuit.
These days, Suryakumar is Mumbai’s Ranji captain and his impact can be best noticed through the performances in Mumbai’s triumphs over the last few years. When Mumbai lifted the Ranji Trophy title in 2015-16, he scored 788 runs from 11 matches while the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy saw him coming up with 241 runs from six innings. Even though Mumbai fell at the final hurdle in the 2016-17 Ranji season, Suryakumar did well with 715 runs from 11 matches.
It is the IPL which has made him famous and a pretty excitable batsman for the fans. Although Mumbai Indians had Suryakumar on the books during 2011-13, he only played one game during that period. Before the 2014 IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for INR 70 lakh and this turned out to the change he needed. Overall the next four seasons, Suryakumar excelled in the role of a finisher by scoring 608 runs in 54 matches. He made a name for himself by playing some unbelievable wristy flicks in the ‘V’ behind the striker’s end. His innovative shots also had a lot of eye-catchy scoops which often upset the plans of the opposition captains and bowlers.
However, a return to Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2018 IPL season for a sum of INR 3.2 Crores brought out the best from Suryakumar as the franchise played him generally at No.3 or 4. The statistics also improved as he scored 512 runs from 14 matches in the 2018 IPL before making 424 runs from 16 matches in a title-winning 2019 season. Overall, Suryakumar has won one IPL title each with Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
While the aggressive batsman will hope that title count increases, he will also be wishing for an India cap that would be an apt reward for his consistent performances over the last two years. Aged 30, Suryakumar isn’t getting any younger and with two T20 World Cups set for two consecutive years, a T20I cap shouldn’t be far away.