Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning form in the IPL this season has drawn praise from former cricketer Suresh Raina, who said that the Mumbai Indians batter plays with the psychology of the bowlers. Yadav’s maiden IPL hundred against Gujarat Titans on Friday was a masterclass in batting as he scored 103 runs off 49 balls to power MI to a total of 218. Raina was impressed by Yadav’s approach and intent on the day, and praised the way he smacked the ball around the ground.
Yadav has been in exceptional form in the last few matches for MI this season, scoring three fifties in big chases for the team and helping them get wins over RCB, PBKS and RR. He continued his form in the match against GT, playing some breathtaking shots that even impressed the great Sachin Tendulkar. Yadav’s six against Mohammed Shami in the 19th over earned rich praise from the IPL legend.
Raina’s comments about Yadav playing with the psychology of the bowler are particularly insightful, as it highlights the mental aspect of cricket. When a batter is able to play with the bowler’s mind, they can gain an advantage and score more runs.
Yadav’s calmness and intent on the day were evident, and his knock proved too much for GT, who despite a whirlwind knock from Rashid Khan at the end, had to take a 27-run loss against the home side in Mumbai.