Mumbai Indians are one of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League and Suryakumar Yadav has been an integral part of the side over the years. The 30-year-old batsman, who was roped in by the Mumbai-based franchise at a price of Rs 3.2 crore in the IPL 2018 auction, acknowledged that he has really enjoyed the past 3 years with the Rohit Sharma-led side.
Yadav passed the 400-run mark in both the 2018 and 2019 editions. He scored at a strike-rate of over 130 in those years, earning the reputation of a match-winner.
However, things changed remarkably for the Mumbai-born player in the IPL 2020 as he not only averaged 40 but also scored at an impressive strike rate of 145.01. Suryakumar finished the tournament in UAE with 480 runs in 16 games.
Talking about his intriguing journey with the five-time champions, Suryakumar recently revealed how the MI team management gave him an opportunity to bat up the order and express himself on the field.
“I think their support has been immense. I still remember when I came back to MI from KKR in 2018… My role at KKR was completely different, I used to bat lower down the order and play the finisher’s role,” Yadav told Boria Majumdar on Sports Today.
“But MI wanted me to bat higher up the order, they gave me that responsibility, they gave me that challenge to go out and express fearlessly. I started batting at No. 4, I even got an opportunity to open. I have really enjoyed it in the last 3 years,” he added.