Suryakumar Yadav does a MS Dhoni in Deodhar Trophy final
Surya scored 39 off just 18 deliveries in the game as India C posted a mammoth score.
Updated - May 13, 2019 1:52 pm
MS Dhoni is one of the most decorated cricketers in the world right now. His unusual way of batting nearly kept him from being selected in the national side back in 2004. But since that didn’t happen, not only did Dhoni earn an India call-up but also went on to top the batting rankings in just 42 innings! Insane, right? His success has earned him over a billion fans, including some national & international players as well. Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav seems to be one of them.
We often see players copying the famous ‘helicopter-shot’ invented by Dhoni on the cricket field. The explosive Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad, among others, has done it in the past. Most recently, Suryakumar Yadav was seen replicating one in the final of the Deodhar Trophy a few days ago.
The Mumbai star, who played for India C, nailed the ball straight over the bowler’s head in ‘Mahi Style’, as they say. The six came in the 45th over of the innings, which was being bowled by the young leggie, Mayank Markande. The ball was bowled a shade outside off-stump and was sent into the stands by Surya in style with a whip of his hands like Dhoni used to do in his prime.
Here’s the video:
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About The Match
India C got off to a dream start after winning the toss with both the openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Ishan Kishan, getting to their centuries. The middle-order didn’t have much to do thereafter, as with the help of Shubman Gill’s 26 and Suryakumar Yadav’s 39 in the latter half of the innings, they got to a big score of 352 runs having lost seven wickets in the process. For India B, Jaydev Unadkat got three wickets, while Deepak Chahar and Mayank Markande bagged one each.
In reply, India B got off to a shaky start with their main man with the bat, Mayank Agarwal, going early. Captain Shreyas Iyer (148 off 144) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (60 off 56) then took India B to a much safer spot, at 132-1, before Gaikwad succumbed to Pappu Roy. After his dismissal, things went downhill for India B as they kept losing wickets regularly, eventually getting bowled out at 323 in the 47th over. Thus, India C won the Deodhar Trophy and fittingly Rahane won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant knock.
~Written by Nahmat Maeraj