'We've to lift the sixth trophy anyhow' - Suryakumar Yadav determined to take MI to glory in IPL 2023
MI finished the group stage at the rock bottom of the team standings, winning just four of their 14 games.
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Mumbai Indians batter Suryakumar Yadav is determined to change his side’s fortunes after a horrendous campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The five-time champions struggled throughout the season and suffered one emphatic defeat after another. In fact, the Rohit Sharma-led side finished the group stage at the rock bottom of the team standings, winning just four of their 14 games.
Suryakumar, who played a handful of games this season, did make his bat talk but couldn’t get the required support from his teammates. While the dasher missed some initial games due to a finger injury, a forearm injury brought a premature end to his campaign. While Suryakumar is heartbroken with the result, he’s keen to take MI to glory next season.
It’s unfortunate that it can’t happen this year: Suryakumar Yadav
In a video shared by the franchise’s official Instagram page, Suryakumar can be heard saying: “We’ve to lift the sixth (trophy) anyhow. It’s unfortunate that it can’t happen this year. Next year, we have to add one more trophy anyhow.” The video also captured team skipper Rohit Sharma giving a pep talk to youngster Dewald Brevis.
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Narrating the conversation, Suryakumar said: “He (Dewald Brevis) is new to the set-up, so he should understand. They are explaining to him what it takes to lift that trophy, which is good.” As of now, the 31-year-old is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Hence, he’ll also miss India’s upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, which gets underway on June 9.
Meanwhile, the five-time champions are expected to make some tough calls ahead of the next season. As MI’s last few games in the competition were mere dead rubber, they tried a plethora of young players and gave them the exposure. At the same time, veteran Kieron Pollard was put into benches and many reckon MI might release the former West Indies captain ahead of the next season.