Suryakumar Yadav’s quickfire 15-ball 27 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) ensured he became the first Indian uncapped player to score 500+ runs in a single season of IPL. The 27-year old has been around for a long time and is one of the most recognisable faces in the Indian domestic circuit. The Mumbai batsman is now playing for Mumbai Indians (MI) after a long stint with KKR has already scored 500 runs in 13 games at an average of 38.46 with the highest score of 72, which also happens to be his highest IPL score.
Suryakumar Yadav ensured MI get off to a brisk start in IPL so that a foundation is laid for the onslaught later. Needing 2 wins out of 2 matches to make the playoffs, Surya brought his ‘A game’ to the fore and ensured MI reach a good total. But will his efforts get noticed by the Indian cricket team selectors who have, till now, turned a blind eye to him?
Suryakumar Yadav becomes the first uncapped Indian player to score over 500 runs in an IPL season.
Shaun Marsh (616 runs in 2008) is the only other uncapped player to do so.#MIvKXIP
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) May 16, 2018
It has not been a season to remember for the defending champions who had a good team on paper but have not fired in unison as often as they would have liked. Also, captain Rohit Sharma’s form has been a cause for concern for the western franchise.
Suryakumar Yadav becomes the first Indian uncapped player to score 500-plus runs in a single season of IPL.#MIvKXIP
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians are 186 for 9 in 20 overs after they were put into bat by Kings XI Punjab. Andrew Tye’s dream season rolls on as he picked up yet another 4-wicket haul (third the season) but Pollard’s breathtaking 50 off 23 balls ensured MI have a solid total to defend. MI have done the job with the bat and now it is time they finish the job with the ball.