Suryakumar Yadav, the Mumbai Indians (MI) middle-order batsman, was in scintillating form in the IPL 2021 encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Chennai this Tuesday (April 12).
Suryakumar batted in a terrific manner for his knock of 56 runs off just 36 deliveries, including 7 fours and 2 sixes, on an abrasive Chepauk track playing quite slow and offering a touch of grip to the spinners.
The stand-out aspect of Suryakumar Yadav’s fifty – another in his kitty for MI since last IPL – was how he dominated the KKR spinners despite the conditions suiting them.
Arriving early to the crease in the powerplay, Suryakumar managed to negotiate and score off Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakravarthy on both sides of the wicket.
But Suryakumar Yadav’s success against Harbhajan and Chakravarthy shouldn’t surprise anyone, as he is one of the finest Indian batsmen around when it comes to tackling spin.
Suryakumar Yadav’s Six off Cummins to reach his fifty leaves Hardik awestruck
While Suryakumar’s footwork and fluency versus the KKR tweakers were precise and magnificent, his best shot on the night perhaps came against the opposition speedster Pat Cummins, whose pace and tall stature often make it difficult for batters to sight the length and line of the ball early.
However, the fifth delivery of the 10th over in the MI innings saw Suryakumar Yadav hit Cummins for an unforgettable six that left everyone watching awestruck, including his teammate Hardik Pandya in the stands.
Pandya stood up and clapped for Suryakumar while wearing a look of astonishment as the MI batter went across to a full-pitched delivery from Cummins and flicked him for a maximum through the square leg region to complete his half-century.
Suryakumar connected the shot so well that the ball went on the roof of the MA Chidambaram Stadium before bouncing a couple of times and going outside the pavilion. It was an incredible stroke that shall take something special for someone else to better through the season.
The potential ‘shot of the season’ from Suryakumar Yadav only reflects how he has taken his game and overall range as a batsman against all kinds of bowling to another level in recent years.
The amazing improvement was evident last season where Suryakumar made 480 runs from 16 innings at an average of 40.00 while maintaining a strike-rate of 145.01. The 30-year-old was instrumental in taking MI to their fifth IPL title.