Suryakumar Yadav with 544 runs from 15 games sits seventh on the list of top run-getters this season so far. Faf du Plessis is leading the Orange Cap list with 730 runs and he has a chance to get past him with two matches to go this season. If Mumbai Indians beat Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2 they will play against CSK in the final.
Suryakumar Yadav started the season poorly with low scores and then started getting runs consistently. He headed into the IPL with three back-to-back ducks against Australia in the ODI series but once he started getting runs, there was no stopping him.
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The icing on the cake was when he scored an unbeaten century against Gujarat Titans in match 57 of the league stage. His unbeaten 103 off 49 balls powered MI to 218/5 in their 20 overs and they won the game by 27 runs in the end.
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SKY spoke to Jio Cinema exclusively before Qualifier 2 against GT and opened up on how he approaches batting and approaches the game in general. Importantly MI are leading the head-to-head count 2-1 against GT. Both teams won a game each this year at their home ground.
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You Need To Have Balance As A Cricketer: Suryakumar Yadav
Talking about his self-belief that keeps him going through the highs and lows of his life, Suryakumar said, “I have played so much domestic cricket for Mumbai. I have seen a lot of them already. One season was good, then one bad. I practised hard, but the season did not start well. Now at the international level, cricket is the same. The level is different. The one thing I have learnt from domestic cricket and life is that you need balance. You have to stay the same irrespective of your form. You do not have to feel too high when you are doing good, and you do not have to feel too low when you are not scoring runs. If you do so, runs will come sooner or later.”
He further said that he is always excited to bat and prefers hitting boundaries as opposed to sixes to reduce the pressure on himself and his batting partner.
I Just Aim to Express Myself And Enjoy The Game: Suryakumar Yadav
“I am always excited for batting. I am always ready, waiting in the dugout. People ask me why am I sprinting to the crease sometimes. It is my way of warming up. I just aim to express myself and enjoy my game. If I get to hit a boundary on the first or second ball, I do not leave that opportunity. People say that T20 is about sixes. But during the course of a match, there are a lot of pressure situations. I think of ways to reduce the pressure on me and my partner. Boundaries are a way for me to do so. It is not always sixes, I hit boundaries more. Playing smart game is important,” said Suryakumar.
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“I always intend to hit fours and sixes. Or else, singles or doubles. It has always been my game. I play according to the field. I am not a power hitter. I cannot hit sixes of 100-120 m. I know where my runs are, they are on the ground. I am clear about this and I back myself no matter what the situation is,” the batter concluded his point.
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SKY is expected to be one of the important cogs in the Indian batting lineup with the ODI World Cup at home later this year.
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