IPL 2019: In MY full of stars, it is Surya that shines

CHENNAI: Suryakumar Yadav It May Not Enjoy The Same Recognition That Some Of Its Most Illustrious Mumbai Indians (my) Teammates, But Against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) In The First Ranked Of The Premier League India (IPL), He Played A Definition Of 71 Innings, Not Of 54 Balls In His Strength, The MA Chidambaram Stadium, To Give His Side The Chance To Win A Quarter. IPL Title.

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Suryakumar Walked In And Took Guard As Early As The Third Ball, After CSK Managed To Get The Prized Scalp Of Skipper Rohit Sharma For Just Four. Given The Spin-friendly Surface And The Formidable Chennai Spin Trio, One Would Have Thought That Rohit Would Have To Be The Man To Helm The Run-chase. He Is Not Only Adept At Rotating The Strike Against The Spinners But Also The Big Shots When Needed.

Despite Rohit's Early Dismissal, However, Suryakumar Ensured That His Senior Mumbai Team-mate's Absence Was Never Felt. I Have Played His Role To Perfection And Never Allowed The CSK Spinners To Settle Into A Rhythm.

" It Was Very Important For Someone In The Top Three Or Four To Bat Until The End Because The Pitch Was Slow And Took Turn. I Saw What Happened In The First Innings, Where Not Too Many Players Were Able To Hit Shots In The Air. So I Wanted To Play Down The Ground And Pick Ones And Twos," Suryakumar Said During The Post-match Presentation On Tuesday.

It Was Perhaps Apt That Suryakumar, Surya To Team-mates And Friends, Played The Kind Of Responsible Innings Rohit Has So Often Done For The Franchise. He Did, After All, Swap Roles With Rohit At The Start Of The Season. Last Year, I Had The Batting For Mumbai And Amassed Over 500 Runs, But With The World Cup Around The Corner, Rohit Decided That He Would Open The Batting This Time Around. It Meant That Surya Had To Slide Down To No. 3, But It Had Not Had An Adverse Effect. I Have Crossed The 400-run Barrier Again This Season.

The Former KKR Vice-captain's Impressive Haul Of Runs May Surprise Some, But Not So Abhishek Nayar. The Former All-rounder, Who Has Seen The 28-year-old From His Early Days For The Mumbai Ranji Trophy Side, Rates Surya As An Excellent Player Of Spin And Feels He Is Just Starting To Show More Maturity Now.

" He Has Always Been An Exceptional Player Of Bowling Spin, So It Does Not Come As A Surprise That He Was Able To Counter The CSK Spinners At Chepauk. 't Get Bogged Down," Nayar Told TOI On Wednesday.

What, Then, Is Holding Surya Back From Getting Into The India Reckoning? According To Nayar, It Is Consistency And The Absence Of That One Major Breakthrough Ranji Season.

" I Have Not Had That One Outstanding Season Where I Have Consistently Won Games With The Bat In The Ranji, Like How Shreyas Iyer And Rishabh Pant Have Done.If You Look At His Ranji Record, I Have Always Been Consistently Getting 500-600 If You Have That One Brilliant Season, More People Will Start Noticing Him And He Will Be On The Radar India," Nayar Added.

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