New Delhi. Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav is celebrating his 31st birthday today i.e. on September 14. Since he recently returned from England with Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. In such a situation, Suryakumar is currently in isolation. In such a situation, he will not be able to celebrate his birthday with his Mumbai Indians (MI) teammates. The right-handed batsman will complete his isolation just two days before MI’s match against Chennai Super Kings to be held on 19 September. Since his debut, Suryakumar Yadav has become a regular member of Team India. He worked hard for a decade in domestic cricket and after that he got an opportunity to debut for India. On the occasion of his birthday, let us know some unknown facts about him and some of his memorable innings.
First Indian batsman to hit a six off the first ball in T20 Internationals
Suryakumar eventually made his international debut in the second T20I against England, but did not get a chance to bat. He was dropped for the very next match and his chances of playing for the rest of the series were reduced as the Indian team was settled. Ishan Kishan’s injury opened the doors for Suryakumar and when he got the opportunity to bat, the 31-year-old made full use of the opportunity. He came up with a ‘man of the match’ performance and scored 57 runs in just 31 balls. Suryakumar set a memorable record on his debut and became the first Indian batsman to hit a first-ball six in T20 Internationals.
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He was the vice captain of Kolkata Knight Riders team for three years.
Suryakumar Yadav spent four years with Kolkata Knight Riders before joining Mumbai Indians in 2018. In 2018, KKR released captain Gautam Gambhir and vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav. Suryakumar was the vice-captain for three years in 4 seasons with KKR. In the 2018 mega auction, KR tried to buy Suryakumar Yadav, but Mumbai Indians included him in their team by bidding 3.2 crores.
One Time Champions League T20 Winner
Suryakumar has the most unique record of winning the Champions League title before playing IPL. He made his IPL debut in 2012 and a year before that the right-handed batsman was part of the team that won the Champions League T20. He scored a crucial 24 runs in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians scored 139 runs in this match. They won the title by defeating RCB by 31 runs. Two years later, he won his first IPL title with Mumbai Indians. In 2014, he was part of KKR, who defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final.
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Suryakumar Yadav has made his place in Team India for the ICC T20 World Cup, leaving behind Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer. He has got this place on the basis of his IPL and international performance. Let’s take a look at Suryakumar Yadav’s top 5 performances:
79* in 43 balls against RCB (IPL 2020)
Suryakumar Yadav played one of the best innings of his career for Mumbai Indians (MI) against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 48th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Chasing 165 for a win, he scored an unbeaten 79 off 43 balls to give Mumbai an easy five-wicket win. Suryakumar’s innings hit 10 fours and three sixes.
57 off 31 balls against England (India tour of England 2021)
After not getting a chance to bat in his T20 International debut, Suryakumar made his debut against England earlier this year. He scored 57 runs off 31 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes to guide India to an easy eight-run victory over England in the fourth T20I.
56 off 36 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2021)
Suryakumar Yadav played an incredible innings of 56 runs in 36 balls for Mumbai Indians. Made by KKR. Mumbai Indians had scored only 152 runs in this match, but still won the match by 10 runs. Suryakumar was also Mumbai’s top scorer in the match and his innings included seven fours and two sixes.
81 runs in 38 balls (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy)
Suryakumar played a blistering 38-ball 81 for Mumbai in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and registered an easy eight-wicket win over Haryana in their second league game. Chasing 154 runs for victory, Suryakumar easily completed the target given by Haryana. Because he smashed the opposition bowlers all over the ground.
53 runs in 44 balls against Sri Lanka (India tour of Sri Lanka 2021)
Suryakumar played a valuable innings of 53 runs for India during the second ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Team India, chasing 276 runs for victory, was in an uncomfortable position after losing five wickets for 116 runs in just 18 overs. However, Suryakumar played one of the most mature innings of his innings to get India back on track. He played an innings in 44 balls, which helped India win the match by three wickets.
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