As it at all times occurs when the outcomes don’t go your staff’s method, even good performances get eclipsed. Ask Suryakumar Yadav. In a troublesome season for Mumbai, Yadav did his fame no hurt as a batsman. An attacking participant, he got here up with runs in all codecs, beginning with Vijay Hazare (50 overs), Mushtaq Ali T20 and the Ranji Trophy.
If one doesn’t limit to only the run-tally, but additionally analyse the way and the state of affairs it was scored, then Yadav ranks among the many prime-rated professionals within the nation.
In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he had the best common within the event (113) within the 4 innings he acquired and the third finest strike-charge (154.79). In the Mushtaq Ali T20s, he was Mumbai’s highest run-getter and the third highest within the event (392 runs, in 10 innings, SR: 168.96). In the Ranji Trophy he aggregated 508 runs in 5 video games (avg 56.44). Add to it the Deodhar Trophy, the place Yadav had a knock of 72 from 29 balls.
Both his centuries within the Ranji Trophy got here within the second innings on tough tracks. In the primary recreation of the season towards Baroda, he helped Prithvi Shaw arrange the win with a strokeful unbeaten 102, and within the penultimate tie of the league stage towards Saurashtra, when all appeared misplaced for Mumbai after conceding the primary innings lead, he helped his staff make a match of it by blasting a belligerent 134.
The spectacular factor about Yadav is his versatility and temperament. Aware that he might be attacking even in probably the most difficult of conditions, there’s no fuss about his batting place. In powerful run chases in restricted overs format, he strode out to bat at No 5 when the asking charge was climbing, and within the Ranji Trophy this season, earlier than leaving for India A tour of New Zealand halfway, he was seen more often than not trying to restore the highest-order collapses.
Yadav likes to explain his recreation as fearless. “In one word, I can say ‘fearless’. In the past few years the way I am batting in any situation, I have been really flexible in my batting order from opening to No 7 and in all formats, the brand of cricket I am playing right now, I am really enjoying. I am thinking of nothing else except score runs, heavily, as much I can do,” says Yadav.
An IPL star, establishing his credentials as a finisher with Kolkata Knight Riders earlier than taking part in within the prime-order for Mumbai Indians since 2018, he has definitely developed as a participant from somebody who would begin superbly after which fell to reckless pictures when he first burst on to the scene, in 2010.
“In the past few years, I think I have become calm in taking decisions, take those extra seconds during the game. I know what shots to play to tackle the situations and that has helped me a lot, made me what I am right now.”
Yadav is among the many uncommon breed of cricketers who thrive beneath stress. For him, it is enjoyable. “For me pressure means responsibility and opportunity. If there is no pressure, there is no fun in this game, when you overcome that then you enjoy the game more,” he mentioned.