Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav turned 31 today. Suriya, fondly called Desi Mr 360, is known for his innovative shots. Technically also this Mumbai batsman is equally proficient. This journey of Suryakumar, who became a permanent member of the team in the short format, was not so easy either. The story of struggle and their hard work is a motivation for any young player. Let us know some such interesting aspects related to his career that few people would know.
First Indian to hit a six on the first ball of T20 career
In the second match of the home T20 series against England, Suryakumar got a chance to debut. But didn’t get a chance to bat. It was not expected even further, but as soon as Ishan Kishan got injured, he got a chance again in the playing XI. He took this chance with both hands. Hit a six off the very first ball of his career. This is a record in itself. Till date, no Indian batsman has been able to do such a feat in T20. He also became the man of the match, scoring 57 runs in 31 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav was the vice-captain of KKR for three years.
Suryakumar used to be with Kolkata Knight Riders before joining Mumbai Indians in 2018. Very few people would know that Surya, who spent four seasons there, was the vice-captain of the team for three years. Then in 2016 and 2017 the team also reached the second round. But in 2018, KKR released both Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar from the team. It was a surprising decision. Later there was an attempt to buy Suryakumar in the mega auction, but Mumbai bought him for a whopping amount of 3.2 crores.
Champions League won before IPL
Suryakumar Yadav has another interesting record to his name. He is the player to lift the Champions League title even before the IPL trophy. Surya, who made his IPL debut in 2012, went on to win the Champions League T20 the very next year. He scored 24 runs while playing for Mumbai in the final. In the title match, RCB lost by 31 runs. Two years later he won his first IPL title with Mumbai. He was a member of the KKR team that became the champion by defeating Chennai in 2014.