MI’s first win will spread more positivity, says Suryakumar Yadav
Posted: Date Posted – 5:20 PM, Sun – May 1, 22
Mumbai: Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav says the five-time Indian Premier League champions’ first win in nine outings will help “spread even more positivity” even though the Rohit Sharma-led team’s campaign in IPL 2022 is almost over, with their skipper having failed to find form all season.
On another miserable day for Rohit Sharma – who turned 35 on Saturday – the Indian team skipper fell short again, managing just two points, as Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma and Ishan Kishan took the lead. relay to earn MI a five-wicket win with four balls remaining against Rajasthan Royals and open their account on the points table. Sharma’s poor form saw him score a paltry 155 runs in nine innings at an average of 17.22, without a single half-century, and critics called for a change in Mumbai management.
Although the victory is unlikely to change the fortunes of the team with the commercial end of the tournament fast approaching, Yadav said it will help “everyone to learn in the future”. Yadav was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his 39 51 balls which helped MI chase down 159 on a tricky surface. It was his third half-century this season and arguably his best as he came in a winning cause.
“My job at No. 3 was to take the game forward where Rohit (Sharma) left. I’m very happy with the way things went. It was an important win and there was a good atmosphere here I liked hitting at all positions, but I love hitting at No. 3 because it allows me to pace my innings,” he said during the post-game presentation.
“This victory will spread even more positivity. We already enjoy each other’s company in the nets and at team dinners. It will help everyone learn this season,” Yadav said. Young Tilak Varma played another mature shot through the middle, sharing a crucial partnership with Surya and the senior hitter was nothing but praise for him.
“Tilak is a fantastic player. The way he’s been working hard in the net and wanting to get ahead, it’s good to see someone like that. I’m delighted to see him in the next few years,” a- he added.
The hitter also addressed the fun moment in the middle with Yuzvendra Chahal when the latter appealed for an LBW that ultimately didn’t materialize. “It was just a sweet joke between Yuzi and me. He’s a great bowler and I enjoyed our battles,” Yadav said.
Yadav said that after a losing streak he would definitely celebrate his half-century, as he had come into a winning cause. “I never celebrate personal milestones; I’m happy if the team wins. If I contribute to a loss, I will still consider it a collective failure. It’s a positive day today, it’s our first win and we will definitely celebrate it,” he added.
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