The World Number 1 T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav who was having a torrid time at the crease is back to his groove. After making a couple of fifty-plus scores, the 360-degree batsman wreaked havoc in Wankhede yesterday against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chasing a target of 200, Mumbai Indians started excellently with Ishan Kishan going after the RCB bowlers. But as soon as he departed, the 5-time IPL champions witnessed a dull period in the middle. However, Suryakumar Yadav had other plans. The unorthodox batter started slowly but once he was comfortable went ballistic.
Surya made 83 runs off 35 balls with 7 boundaries and 06 maximums. He stitched a 140-run partnership with Nehal Wadhera to take his team easily toward victory.
Suryakumar Yadav, who is fondly called SKY was adjudged the Man of the Match for his magnificent batting performance. At the presentation ceremony, the right-handed batter said, “I am very happy to win a home game like this. I mean they come up with a plan. They tried to make me hit to the bigger part. Take the pace off and bowl slow.”
Surya’s batting partner Nehal Wadhera who also got a fifty was all praise for his senior. He stated, “I am happy with my fifty but I am more happy that my team won and I hope we continue to do so. I have the confidence within me that if I keep on batting till the end, I can finish the game for the team. Surya bhai is a top-class player and I also try to copy some of his shots but I cannot. While he was batting I was talking to him and he was saying ‘keep playing, keep playing’ and he was giving me confidence. He told me, ‘If both of us bat till the 15th-16th over, we can finish the game even early.’ And that’s what we did.”
With this win, Mumbai Indians have climbed up the points table. They are currently sitting in the third position in the Indian Premier League 2023 table. The Men in Blue next face Gujarat Titans at their home; Wankhede Stadium on May 12th.