Suryakumar Yadav’s non-selection for tour of Australia raised quite a few eyebrows immediately. The dashing right-hander from Mumbai is one of the most prolific run-getters in domestic cricket in past three years. He also has impressive numbers for three successive seasons playing for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League.
In recently concluded IPL, he showed that he has got temperament and courage to handle tough situations. Suryakumar Yadav finished as third-leading run-scorer for Mumbai Indians in this season with 480 runs from 16 games at an average of 40.
While he bats at No.3 for MI, his versatility and adaptability are well known to everyone. The former KKR batsman used to bat at 5 or 6 for KKR in IPL. He also proved his mettle batting down the order with his little scoops and cheeky shots coming handy many times. He was expected to get a call from Indian National team for Australia tour but somehow selectors managed to ignore Suryakumar Yadav yet again.
Now with the tournament over, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody expressed surprise over Yadav’s snub from national team. In a video on ESPNCricinfo Moody said, “Suryakumar Yadav from Mumbai Indians, coming at No. 3, it is just mind-blowing to think that this guy has not represented his country. He bats with great grace, control and he seems to do it without breaking a sweat. To me, he’s a real class act.”
Earlier, Yadav also garnered praise from his former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir, who named his player of the tournament. Gambhir heaped praises on the way Yadav amassed runs through out the tournament.
“My player of the tournament would be Suryakumar Yadav because he batted at No. 3, which is a very crucial position and the way he batted. It’s not only about runs, it’s not because he is part of a champion team. It’s just the way he got those runs – with fluency. It was just sheer class, and that’s why he is the player for me,” said Gambhir.