Two days after lacking out on India selection, Mumbai Indians’ Suryakumar Yadav made a observation with the bat by hitting an unbeaten 79 off 43 balls to guide his team to victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore that just about qualifies them for a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 playoffs. Suryakumar had a unique celebration reserved for the moment of victory which could provide an explanation for why he did not celebrate much after reaching his fifty – he wanted to stay till the end and finish off the chase.
That’s that from Match 48 as @mipaltan win by 5 wickets.@surya_14kumar with an unbeaten 79.
Scorecard – https://t.co/XWqNw97Zzc #Dream11IPL pic.twitter.com/ESHhCYRBik
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 28, 2020
Accolades poured in for the Mumbai batsman but none greater than the current India coach Ravi Shastri, who tweeted out his applause for the top-order bat: “Surya namaskar (emoji) Stay strong and patient @surya_14kumar.”
Surya namaskar . Stay strong and patient @surya_14kumar #MIvsRCB pic.twitter.com/oJEJhekwpC
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) October 28, 2020
Great win @surya_14kumar, you beauty @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/WMYTE95KGs
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 28, 2020
Harbhajan Singh, who had expressed disappointment at Suyakumar’s omission from the Indian team, used emojis to convery his message.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 28, 2020
“Unbelievable innings by @surya_14kumar. Calm and composed as ever,” wrote Sachin Tendulkar.
Important win for @mipaltan.
Unbelievable innings by @surya_14kumar.
Calm and composed as ever.
Way to go!#MIvRCB #IPL2020
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 28, 2020
“Suryakumar Yadav is worth each moment of your time when you tune in to see him bat. What a player!!!!!!!” wrote Ian Bishop on Twitter.
Scott Styris had an offer to make.
I wonder whether Suryakumar Yadav fancies playing International cricket he might move out of the country #CoughNZCough
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 28, 2020
“The all-round excellence of Suryakumar Yadav has been a treat to watch. Interesting that he talked approximately meditation to receive over the hot-headed image he had acquired. Regardless of the reason, he’s playing the most productive cricket of his life,” tweeted commentator Harsha Bhogle.
Tom Moody even questioned his omission from the India limited-overs squad for the tour of Australia.
Tough to know how he is missed both white ball teams? #AustraliaTour
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 28, 2020
Suryakumar has scored 362 runs from 12 matches this season at a strike rate of 155.36 with three fifties.
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