Where is Suryakumar Yadav? This was one of the questions that the cricket fans around the country asked in astonishment on social media as the star cricketer was dropped from the playing XI for the third T20I contest against England on Tuesday. Notably, Yadav made his debut for Team India in the previous match where he did not get an opportunity to bat as another debutant Ishan Kishan along with Indian skipper Virat Kohli propelled India to a convincing victory in the second T20I clash. Seeing Yadav benched, Harsha Bhogle tweeted saying, “It would seem hard on Suryakumar Yadav but once Rohit came back it was going to be tough. I expect him to get a game sometime in the next two matches though.”
Soon enough, hordes of fans expressed their disappointment over Suryakumar Yadav’s absence. Many others expressed their feelings through memes.
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— Deepak Jain ➐ (@Dipsdj007) March 16, 2021
Suryakumar Yadav’s journey to a maiden India call-up has not been a straightforward one; indeed, many believed it should have happened much earlier.
The 30-year old has regularly been one of the better performers in domestic cricket across formats, which is no mean feat given that he plies his trade for Mumbai, long seen as a hotbed for the talented cricketers in the country.
Yadav’s national recognition might be coming a few years later than expected, but that doesn’t mean he is without admirers in the world of cricket – perhaps the biggest among them being former India international Gautam Gambhir.
It was under Gambhir’s tutelage at the Kolkata Knight Riders that Suryakumar was first given an opportunity to shine on a bigger stage. Used as a lower-order finisher in 2014 thanks to his innovative shot-making, he excelled in that role as KKR went on to lift their second IPL trophy.