Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav scored his maiden T20I half-century in the fourth of the five-match series against England on Thursday. The 30-year-old batsman replaced his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan, who is sidelined due to injury, for what is just his second appearance for India in the shortest format of the game.
Yadav returned to the squad after he was dropped from the 3rd T20I following his debut in the second match. He scored 57 runs, as he scored six fours and three sixes during his 31-ball stay, helping India score 185-runs from their stipulated 20 overs.
Yadav made his first-class debut in the 2010-11 Ranji season against Delhi. It was a dream debut for him as he was the only player to score a fifty in Mumbai’s first innings. He has since then, become a regular for the team in every season.
Although he was picked up by MI for the 2011 IPL season, he played very few matches for them. He was then selected by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 and featured in every match for the franchise during their 2014’s winning campaign.
He was brought back by MI in 2018 and finished the season as the highest run-score for the franchise, scoring 512 runs. He told Sports Today, “I think their (Mumbai Indians) 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.”