Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who earned his maiden India call-up for the T20I series against England praises Rohit Sharma.
Suryakumar Yadav praises Rohit Sharma
Suryakumar Yadav has been a key player for the Mumbai Indians since joining the Rohit Sharma-led franchise in 2018. Yadav passed the 400-run mark in both 2018 and 2019, he struck at a strike-rate of just over 130 in those years earning the reputation of an anchor.
Yadav’s role was to build the innings steadily, allowing Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to up the scoring rate. But it changed in IPL 2020 as Yadav not only averaged 40.22 but also scored at an impressive strike rate of 155.36. He counterattacked in the powerplay and also shown an ability to accelerate in the death overs.
SuryaKumar Yadav praises Mumbai Indians
Speaking to ITS, Suryakumar Yadav revealed how Mumbai Indians management gave him the opportunity to bat higher up the order and express himself.
“I think their (Mumbai Indians) support has been immense. I still remember when I came back to MI from KKR in 2018… my role at KKR was completely different, I used to bat lower down the order and play the finisher’s role,” Suryakumar Yadav said.
“But at MI, the plan was crystal clear, they wanted me to bat higher up the order, they gave me that responsibility, they gave me that challenge to go out and express fearlessly. I started batting at No. 4, I also got an opportunity to open.
“I really enjoyed that role as well and later on, they just kept supporting me. The way they have pushed me and shown confidence in my ability has been great and very positive from their side. I have really enjoyed it in the last 3 years,” Suryakumar added.
“Talking about all the players, starting from the captain, he (Rohit) has shown a lot of faith in me. A lot of positive energy from his side and then there has been Hardik, Krunal and Kieron Pollard, they have been playing around me.
“I have really enjoyed spending time with them on and off the field. I have learned so many things. Hardik and Krunal, have already played for India. So I just followed them and saw what they do on off days and match days. There are a lot of small, small points that I grabbed from these players,” Suryakumar further said.