Suryakumar Yadav has been plying his trade in India’s domestic cricket since 2010, but despite impressive showings, he was unable to break into the national team. But lady luck smiled on him as he made his debut in the T20I series against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He also played in the 2021 T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE.
Even as he averages in the 30s in T20Is, the right-hander has looked a class apart when it comes to ODI cricket. The 31-year-old made his ODI debut on the tour of Sri Lanka under Rahul Dravid’s tutelage. From there on, the veteran has only played a handful of games but has given an account of his prowess with the bat in hand.
Suryakumar Yadav enters the record books in India West Indies ODIs.
In five ODIs, Yadav has notched 197 runs at an average of 65.66 and a strike rate of 116.56 with one half-century. On Sunday, February 6, the right-hander scored an unbeaten 34 runs off 36 balls and helped India chase down 177 with as many as 22 overs to spare. The Men in blue took a 1-0 lead against the West Indies with a six-wicket triumph.
Yadav also entered the record books as he became the first batter notch 30 plus scores in the first five ODI innings. He was also involved in an unbeaten 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket along with Rishabh Pant, who made 26 off 32 with two fours. Yuzvendra Chahal became the Player of the Match for picking up an important four-wicket haul.
Suryakumar Yadav in ODI
31* vs SL
53 vs SL
40 vs SL
39 vs SA
34* vs WI
He is 1st ever Indian player to Score 5 30+ Scores in 1st 5 ODI Innings#INDvWI
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) February 6, 2022
The second ODI is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 9 in Ahmedabad and Yadav will be looking forward to carry his form. After the three-match ODI series, India and the West Indies will lock horns in a three-match T20I series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
As far Yadav is concerned, the national selectors finally couldn’t overlook him after he performed exceptionally for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The wheels of fortunes started turning in the right direction for Yadav.