Meet Suryakumar Yadav, the X-Factor of the Indian T-20 Cricket Team

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Suryakumar Yadav

Some champions are gifted, while others work consistently for making their mark among other players. This blog is about a man who fits in the latter part and has caught people’s eye after his recent compelling debut for the world cup. While the Indian team was struggling to score against England, Suryakumar Yadav astonishingly upped the game by scoring a half-century off 28 balls. However, this fame and attention wasn’t instant or built overnight. Yadav expressed his constant planning and observation about the bowler against whom he managed to score a half-century. Suryakumar Yadav has shown excellent competence and determination for his game and has been lauded by his teammates. Let’s go through the blog to explore and read more about the determined and persevering batsman, Suryakumar Yadav. 

Full Name Suryakumar Ashok Yadav
Birthday 14 September 1990 (age 30)
Birth Place Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
International Debut 14 March 2021 (v England)
Domestic Debut 11 February 2010

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Early Life

Suryakumar Yadav was born in Mumbai and always had a passion for sports. He developed a keenness for cricket and badminton. Watching his strong fervour especially in cricket, his father-  Ashok Kumar Yadav wanted him to make a successful career in it. Suryankumar Yadav learned cricket like every other Indian kid playing with his friends and then went on to participate in his school cricket team. He went on to complete his Bachelors in Commerce from Pillai College of Arts, Commerce, and Science, Mumbai. 

“I always wanted to be a bit different.” – Suryakumar on his innovative batting styles.

Entering the Cricket field

Courtesy: India Today

Suryakumar Yadav is a right-handed Batsman who played his first-class debut against Delhi in the 2010-11 Ranji season. He had a kickstart career and was the lone player to score a fifty in Mumbai’s first innings. Despite his frequent strong performances in matches, he was often overlooked. This didn’t stop him from working hard on himself and he always followed his senior’s instructions. His hard work gained him a spot and he became a regular member and has scored well in every season.

His record impressed the IPL contractors from the Mumbai Indians team in 2011. He then played excellently well in a few IPL matches for MI in the IPL until 2013. In an auction that took place, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chose Suryakumar Yadav as their young and promising talent.


He proved their choice to be a good one and won many hearts by breaking the headlines in IPL 2015. He hit five sixes – against Mumbai Indians and made a match-winning 20-ball 46. This surprised other team players and also overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s classy 98 at the Eden Gardens. 

“He has gone back to first-class cricket, scored tons of runs for Mumbai. When he is playing in the IPL, he is the main batsman along with some of the stalwarts in the Mumbai Indians team and wins matches, not only scores runs but handsomely wins matches for them”-VVS Laxman (Indian Cricketer).

Being the most expensive uncapped player in 2018 IPL auctions, he was bought back by the  Mumbai Indians team at a price of ₹3.2 crores (US$450,000). 

“With Surya, what stands out is his consistency in the last three IPLs, and domestic circuit as well. He is someone who thoroughly deserved this chance and he has worked very hard…” – Zaheer Khan (Indian cricketer).

Even though Surya Kumar Yadav scored excellently well in every IPL match, he didn’t get a chance in the Indian team for the Australia tour. However, his international dream came true when he was picked in the Indian team for the T20I series against England. Suryakumar Yadav was being put under the microscope by his fellow seniors and also had constant attention from fans around the world. Despite the increased pressure, he proved his elegant batsman qualities in his two outings against England in the series. He smashed his maiden half-century and displayed a match-changing performance. He earned the position owned by the greatest limited-overs batsman in cricket’s history.

“Surya batted outstandingly well in his first game. It’s not easy to walk in at three in your first game and we all were stunned.”- Virat Kohli (captain of the India national team).

Qualities to Learn from Suryakumar Yadav

Courtesy” IPLT20

Building a record that is acclaimed by senors certainly deserves recognition. Suryakumar Yadav possesses unique qualities which helped him gain popularity in the Indian cricket team at the domestic and an International level. 

Hard Work

Suryakumar Yadav had the talent and skills which made him competent for his cricket career. But he never stopped working hard to make his mark in the team, this quality has helped him get selected for international cricket which is yet a dream for aspiring youngsters. He keeps working better towards learning newer styles and also watches matches of opposite teams, studies their strategies, and plans out his batting accordingly. 

Consistent Practice

Suryakumar Yadav practiced efficiently on his batting styles and chose to make a unique statement of his own. His batting in various matches has been regarded as elegant and effortless due to his constant practice which led to his polished delivery.  

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Suyakumar Yadav has definitely proved his place in the Indian cricket team and is a role model for young Indians who wish to pursue their career in cricket. If you wish to know how to become a cricketer and require guidance, reach out to our team at Leverage Edu who will provide excellent services and help you towards your dream career. Sign up for a free session today!

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