IPL 2020: Suryakumar Yadav’s Powerful Rise and Misfortunes

Suryakumar Yadav
With three good seasons for Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav has gone on to become an integral member of the side

Suryakumar Yadav is currently one of the best players in the Mumbai Indians.
He is highly experienced, having started his career in 2012.

He is a regular in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League.
Suryakumar Yadav is also one of those rare players who can nail unorthodox shots with ease.

Despite strong performances over the years, Suryakumar Yadav can consider himself unlucky when it comes to national selection.
He started his domestic career in 2010 and started his career very well.

He is a regular member of the domestic side and has scored runs for Mumbai every season.
He has been a prolific scorer and can be considered a domestic giant based on his domestic performance over the years.

He was bought by Mumbai Indians in 2012 but didn’t play much.
In a highly talented side consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith, and Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav could not break into the eleven.
He did, however, have a good time learning from classy players in the squad.

He went to the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014, when the side was looking for young talent.
In 2014 his ability to play unorthodox shots was exhibited well.

Suryakumar Yadav didn’t get too many opportunities to bat at the top but was a crucial player in IPL 2014.
Suryakumar Yadav took up the finisher’s role as he finished the season with an average of 32 and a strike-rate of 140.

In his debut season, Suryakumar Yadav batted mostly at the end of the innings and provided the Knight Riders with some late runs, boosting their total by at least twenty runs.

His success as a finisher continued in 2015 as he played more explosive innings.
He was also given chances to bat higher up the order in IPL 2015 but didn’t have a great tournament.

He played an excellent inning against Mumbai in which he scored 46 runs off 20 balls but finished with an average of 17 and a strike rate of 138.

His strike rate showed that he can hit but still needed to develop his ability to play long, which he has done.
He moved down to the lower order for a few matches in the next season, but a half-century at number four prompted the side to use him as a floater.

He moved around the batting line-up, and his unorthodox style gave Kolkata momentum in the middle-overs.

Suryakumar Yadav was on the rise, and he also led occasionally in the middle of the game when Gambhir went off the field.

He became a senior player for the side, and with growing performances in the IPL and domestic cricket, expectations on his national selection started.
Though he didn’t score too many runs in IPL 2016 and 2017, he showed glimpses of potential as the tournament went on.

He averaged an underwhelming 26 and 17.50 in 2016 and 2017, respectively, while his strike rate dropped to 119 in 2017.
He had a good performance, but there were many low scores to which made him go unnoticed in those two seasons.

His performance higher in the order was not promising as he put together a string of low scores for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Despite a decent stint with the Knight Riders, two average seasons were enough for him not to be picked by the Knight Riders.
Suryakumar Yadav went to the Mumbai Indians during the 2018 mega auction, and the change turned his career around.
The Mumbai Indians squad was perfect for Mumbai Indians, as it allowed him to showcase his skills.

He was able to bat up the order with the cushion of Hardik, Krunak, and Kieron Pollard behind him.
He has now been in the Mumbai Indians for three years and has shown his ability to bat long and maintain the intent of scoring runs.

He scored 400+ in the last three seasons while striking above 130.
He has been consistent and is now a core member of Mumbai Indians at number three.


His ability to rack up runs at a reasonable rate while also having various shots allows him to be a potential candidate for the Indian Middle Order.
Over the past few years, the Indian side has been struggling for stability in the middle-order, and it remains a matter of time before Suryakumar Yadav gets his chance.

After missing out on Indian selection, Suryakumar Yadav responded with a good 79 to win his side a game

IPL 2020 has so far been the best season for him, and there have been calls for his selection to the Indian side.
While he was unfortunate to miss out, Yadav continued his form and made a spectacular 79 against the Royal Challengers after the squad to Australia.

His 79 was a reminder that he was unlucky to miss out again after being on the fringes for quite a few years.
With a strike-rate of 148 and an average of 41 in IPL 2020, Suryakumar Yadav can continue to hope for a call up shortly though he has been unfortunate up until now.

At the age of thirty, Suryakumar Yadav still has time to make a mark in international cricket and go on to do so when he gets his chance.

With his consistency and ability to play unorthodox shots, he has the potential to solve India’s middle-order issues while also providing India with a 360-degree player of their own.

He hit a crucial half-century against Delhi in the qualifier one and is about to take them on again in the finals.

With Rohit Sharma not at his best, Suryakumar Yadav may have to step up as the Mumbai Indians look like they are on course for a fifth title in the IPL.

The performance of Suryakumar Yadav however, is crucial for the Mumbai Indians on their quest to the title.

A powerful performance in the finals may further boost his chances for an Indian call-up as many questions are already being raised by former cricketers regarding his non-selection.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.