With Suryakumar Yadav joining the Indian test team, his year has blossomed. He has been hailed as a star since he started running wildly on the Ranji trophy in the 2011-12 season, and the hitters of the Mumbai and Mumbai Indians are now appearing on the Indian team in various forms. Perhaps at the right time, in these transitional struggles, he honed his skills and broadened his mind to meet the requirements of being an Indian cricket player.
Although there is no doubt that Suryakumar can succeed in the longest cricket match, his choice still raises a question: why is it now? What did he bring that prompted the chooser to bring him in?
Suryakumar has everything a batsman needs: a keen eye, a solid defense, a full range of shots, the ability to change gears when necessary, and a stable temperament. As an expert in high shots, especially on the leg side, Suryakumar can perform his awesome shots in all forms that almost no one can replicate. Now he also has a back tackle and a unique drawbar to collect the movement behind the goal: a 360-degree batter. But he can also be dazzled with the brushwork of the copybook; his slender body and his comprehensive batting skills are no different from watching Kevin Pietersen at his best.
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Another product of Mumbai’s rich batting stables, Suryakumar made its debut in December 2010 when he was only 20 years old. In the low-scoring game in Delhi, he scored the highest score for the team, scoring 73 points, but in the 2011-12 season, he made everyone notice: he is the highest base runner in Mumbai, scoring 754 is at 68.54, five and a half centuries and two centuries, including 200 (232b) in Cuttack vs. Odisha.
He suffered a short blow in the 2012-13 season, and the most memorable part of this season was Sachin Tendulkar’s participation in his final year of international cricket competition. From 2013-14 to 2017-18, Surya Kumar scored no less than 38 points during the entire season of the Ranji Trophy.
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Disciplinary issues in the 2014-15 season — internal conflicts in the Mumbai team and his removal of the captain in the middle of the game — will make him uneasy, and overcoming psychological barriers will make him more comprehensive. Shreyas Iyer is the next star on the horizon and will eventually get his Indian hat faster. Shreyas scored a lot of points in the 2014-15 season, which even surpassed Suryakumar’s 2011-12 feat.
It seems that what reinvigorated Surya Kumar’s fate is his record in the Indian Super League. By 2017, he played only half a century in 54 games, and then he turned things around. Since then, he has received 400 or more in all versions of IPL (512 in 2018), except for the most recent one. But the statement has been made. He made his debut at the Deodhar Trophy in 2018 and has been considered an outstanding white ball player in India since then.
Wasim Jarver once told athletic star IPL performance seems to have to be noticed by “a lot of big eyes”. This may indeed have played a role when he was selected for the Indian White team this year. Although he did win the player of the series in the ODI series in Sri Lanka in July, he may not have caused a sensation. But his performance is enough to explain why at the age of 31, he is still considered to have a bright future in Indian colors.
However, although there is no indication that he is considered a test prospect, why he was selected as a red ball cricket is a mystery. Is his white ball game so good that the selector thinks he might add a new dimension to India’s batting lineup? Where do they want him to be placed-at the top or in the middle of the order?
The answers to these questions may or may not be found in the next few days. But it seems certain: the better days are ahead for him.