Suryakumar Yadav has been an important player for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of the IPL. He took his batting to the next level and showcased his mettle by playing a wide range of shots in the UAE.
The right-handed batsman has scored 480 runs from 16 games at an impressive average of 40. He hit the balls in excess of 145 this season. So far, he smashed as many as 61 fours and 11 sixes in the tournament.
The flamboyant cricketer was tipped to earn a maiden call-up to the Indian national cricket team. But unfortunately, the national selectors didn’t knock his door even after giving everything in the domestic circuit and IPL.
Earlier, Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri urged Suryakumar to be patient. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly praised the talented cricketer for his batting. Ganguly added that ‘Suryakumar’s time will come soon’.
Suryakumar Yadav sacrifices his wicket
The IPL 2020 final between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals took place at Dubai International Stadium. During the crucial final in Dubai, Suryakumar Yadav sacrificed his wicket for his captain Rohit Sharma.
The incident took place during the fifth ball of the 11th over bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma hit the ball towards the extra cover region and called for a single.
Suryakumar was not interested in the call as Rohit hit the ball straight to Praveen Dubey. After realising that Rohit almost reached the non-striker’s end, Suryakumar had no option other than sacrificing his own wicket.
It was indeed a big mistake by MI captain Rohit Sharma while taking a run. Suryakumar Yadav sadly made his way back to the dugout after scoring 19 off 20 balls. The right-handed batsman hit one four and a six to his name.
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Suryakumar on sacrificing wicket
“It’s an amazing feeling. Before coming here we had a chat in the bus and the team meetings that we have won tournaments in alternate years – odd years – we wanted to break that jinx and create history. Here it is. The backroom staff has been amazing throughout.”
“Preparation, process, and routines are very important and they just said one thing – we’ll take care of all this and you just go out there, express yourself, just enjoy and do what you do best. Rohit was batting very well at that moment. Most importantly he has been anchoring the innings a lot since the first game. I don’t mind sacrificing my wicket for him at all,” Suryakumar Yadav told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game.
MI win 5th IPL title
Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals to win their fifth title in the history of the Indian Premier League. They also became the second team after CSK to defend their title. Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets. Ahead of this final, Rohit Sharma’s team have won the IPL final in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 season. They have successfully defended their title this season, which means they have broken their odd-number jinx.
Chennai Super Kings are the second-most successful team now. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team won three titles in their journey. Now, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians have two titles more than their rivals CSK.