• IPL 2018: Suryakumar Yadav bags a unique record in the tournament history

    At the auctions of IPL 2018, he was snapped up by the Mumbai Indians.

    Suryakumar Yadav
    Mumbai Indians’ Suryakumar Yadav in action. (Photo by IANS)

    The defending champions, Mumbai Indians, have had a tough time in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. They are on the brink of elimination and are fighting hard with a very slender ray of hope of qualifying for the playoffs. While their outing as a unit has been disappointing, some individual performances from the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Mayank Markande have been their positive highlights.

    A lot has been spoken about the way Mayank Markande has got the exposure in the tournament. But very few have noticed that the Mumbai Indians have been getting brisk starts at the top by a very quite and unsung character, Suryakumar Yadav. The veteran domestic star is a regular face of the Mumbai lineup in the domestic circuit.

    Over the years, he has been an integral part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the history of the IPL. At the auctions of IPL 2018, he was snapped up by the Mumbai Indians. After a couple of games in the season, Suryakumar Yadav was asked to open the innings. He obliged big time and scored a fifty in his maiden appearance as an opener.

    Enters the record books

    Since then, he has performed consistently well for his side and had provided very good starts to the defending champions. In his most recent innings, he scored a quick 27 off 15 balls to help the Mumbai Indians post 186 against the Kings XI Punjab. En route the innings, he entered the record books for a unique reason.

    Suryakumar Yadav became the first uncapped Indian cricketer to score in excess of 500 runs in an IPL season. He is second in the list of uncapped cricketers with over 500 runs in a single edition of the IPL, behind Shaun Marsh’s aggregate of 616 runs in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008. The kind of form Suryakumar is in, he would hope that the selectors pay notice to his efforts and reward him with a big call up soon.

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