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Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar in 2023
Personal information
Full name
Suryakumar Ashok Yadav
Born (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 33)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
NicknameSKY, Mr.360
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 304)9 February 2023 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 236)18 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI19 November 2023 v Australia
ODI shirt no.63
T20I debut (cap 85)14 March 2021 v England
Last T20I14 December 2023 v South Africa
T20I shirt no.63
Domestic team information
2009–presentParsi Gymkhana club (squad no. 63)
2012–2013, 2018–presentMumbai Indians (squad no. 63)
2014–2017Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 212)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 1 37 60
Runs scored 8 773 2141
Batting average 8.00 25.76 45.55
100s/50s 0/0 0/4 4/17
Top score 8 72* 117
Balls bowled 12
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 0/– 17/– 37/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Cricket World Cup
Runner-up 2023 India
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 2023 Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Kolkata Knight Riders
Indian Premier League
Winner 2014 Indian Premier League
Mumbai Indians
Indian Premier League
Winner 2019 Indian Premier League
Winner 2020 Indian Premier League
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 27 January 2024

Suryakumar Yadav (born 14 September 1990) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays as a right-handed middle-order batter and is an occasional right-arm off break bowler. He represents the Indian cricket team and plays for Mumbai in domestic first-class cricket. Suryakumar was a member of the Indian team that finished runners-up in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. He plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In 2009, Suryakumar started playing club cricket in Mumbai before he was selected for the Mumbai cricket team. He made his List A debut for Mumbai in February 2010 before making his first class and T20 debut in the same year. In March 2021, he made his T20I debut for India and later made his ODI debut in July. Suryakumar has played mainly limited overs cricket for India and played his lone test match in February 2023. As of December 2023, he has scored 2141 runs in 60 matches at an average of over 45 in T20Is and is the top ranked batter in the ICC men's player rankings. He is also one of the only three batters to score four centuries in T20Is. Suryakumar has captained Mumbai in domestic cricket and also served as the Indian captain for seven T20Is in 2023.

Early and personal life

Suryakumar Yadav was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on the 14 September 1990.[1] His parents were from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.[2] Suryakumar did his schooling at Atomic Energy Central School in Mumbai and graduated with a B.Com from Pillai College in Mumbai.[3][4] He started playing cricket under the guidance of his paternal uncle Vinod Kumar Yadav in Varanasi.[4] At the age of 10, he was enrolled in a cricket camp at BARC colony in Mumbai, coached by Ashok Kamat.[4] He then went to Elf Vengsarkar Academy, run by former international cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar and played age-group cricket in Mumbai.[5][6]

On 7 July 2016, Suryakumar married Devisha Shetty, whom he first met in 2010 at a college program. Devisha is a trained dancer and a dance coach.[7]

Early career

Suryakumar played club cricket in Mumbai, mostly for Parsi Gymkhana Cricket Club, along with teams including Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited team, Shivaji Park Gymkhana Club and Dadar Union Club.[8][9] Suryakumar made his debut for Mumbai against Gujarat in a List A match February 2010.[1][4] He made his T20 debut against Hyderabad next month and first class debut later against Delhi in December 2010.[1]

International career

In February 2021, Suryakumar was named in the Indian Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their home series against England.[10] He made his T20I debut for India on 14 March 2021 in the second match of the series at Ahmedabad but did not bat.[11] On 18 March, he played his first innings in the fourth game of the series and hit the first ball he faced in international cricket for a six, becoming the first Indian to do so in T20Is.[12] He went on to score a half-century in the match and was praised by then Indian captain Virat Kohli for the performance.[13][14] Subsequently, he was named in India's ODI squad for their series against England.[15] In June 2021, he was named in India's limited overs squads for their series against Sri Lanka.[16] He made his ODI debut on 18 July 2021 in the first match of the series at Colombo.[17] On 21 July 2021, Yadav scored his maiden ODI fifty against Sri Lanka.[18]

In July 2021, Suryakumar was called up as a replacement to India's test squad for their away series against England, but did not play a match.[19] In September 2021, he was named in India's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[20] He scored 31 runs across two innings three matches in the world cup.[21] In November, he was named in the Indian test squad for their home series against New Zealand, but did not get a game.[22] He played three T20Is against New Zealand, scoring 63 runs across three innings including a half-century and a duck.[21] In February 2022, Suryakumar was part of both the limited overs squads for the home series against West Indies and made his come-back into the ODI team in the series.[23]

In June 2022, he was named in India's squad for their T20I series against Ireland and the subsequent away series against England.[24] In July 2022, Suryakumar scored his maiden T20I century against England at Trent Bridge, scoring 117 off 55 balls and becoming only the fifth Indian player to score a century in T20I and only the second to reach the mark batting fourth or lower.[25][26] In August 2022, he played in the 2022 Asia Cup T20I competition and scored 139 runs across five innings.[27] Later, he played in the T20I home series against Australia and South Africa.[21] In October 2022, he became the fastest to score 1000 runs in T20Is in terms of balls faced, reaching the mark in 573 balls in the series against South Africa.[28] On 30 October 2022, Suryakumar was ranked first in the ICC men's player rankings for T20I batsmen.[29][30]

In October 2022, Suryakumar played in the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia where he was the third highest run-getter with 239 runs across six innings.[31] On 27 October 2022, he scored the fourth fastest half-century by an Indian batsman at a T20 World Cup, reaching the mark in 25 balls against Netherlands at Sydney.[32][33] In November 2022, Suryakumar scored his second T20I century against New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui scoring 111* off 51 balls including 11 fours and 7 sixes and became the second Indian to score two centuries in T20Is in a calendar year after Rohit Sharma.[34][35] Suryakumar won the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year award for his performance in 2022.[36] In January 2023, he scored the second fastest century by an Indian batter in T20Is and the third of his career, reaching the mark in 45 balls against Sri Lanka at Rajkot.[37][38] He played in both ODIs and T20Is in the home series against New Zealand in January-February 2023, scoring 142 runs across five innings.[21][23]

On 9 February 2023, he made his test debut against Australia at Nagpur, which has been his only test match as of January 2024.[39] In the subsequent ODI series, when he got out on the first ball he faced in the third match at Chennai, he registered his third consecutive golden duck, being the only Indian to do so.[40] In August 2023, Suryakumar was appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian team for the T20I away series against West Indies.[41] He scored 166 runs across four innings including 83 runs off 44 balls in the third match.[42] He was part the Indian squad that won the 2023 Asia Cup but played a lone game in the loss against Bangladesh.[43][44] Later, he was named in the Indian squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. He scored just 106 runs across seven innings in the world cup, where India finished as runners-up.[45] After the World cup, Suryakumar was named as the captain of the Indian team for the T20I series against Australia. He scored 144 runs in five innings and led the team to a 4-1 series victory.[21][46] He was named as captain for the subsequent tour of South Africa.[47] In the series, he scored the fourth T20I century of his career, equaling Rohit Sharma and Glenn Maxwell for the record of most centuries in T20Is.[48]

Domestic career

Surya playing for Mumbai in 2018


Suryakumar represented Mumbai in domestic cricket. He captained the team for a brief period during the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy season and was again appointed as captain for 2019-20 season.[49][50] He also captained the team in the 2020–21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.[51][52] In October 2019, he was named in the India C squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.[53] He continued to play club cricket for Parsi Gymkhana club and scored 249 runs in final against Payyade Sports Club in 'Police Shield' tournament in 2021, winning the "Best Batsman of the Final" award and helping Parsi Gymkhana to win the tournament for the first time since 1956.[8][54]

Indian Premier League

Suryakumar with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017.

Suryakumar was part of the Mumbai Indians (MI) team for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 season where he played just one match and was dismissed without scoring.[55] In the 2014 IPL auction, he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).[56] He won the title with KKR in the first season in the 2014. He scored 608 runs in 54 matches across four seasons for KKR.[57][58]

In 2018 IPL auctions, he was bought by Mumbai Indians for a price of 3.2 crore (US$400,000).[59] He was prolific for Mumbai, scoring more than 1400 runs in three seasons and winning the title in 2019 and 2020 seasons.[58][57] He was retained by Mumbai ahead of the 2022 auction for 8 crore (US$1.0 million). However, he was ruled out of the initial part of 2022 season due to injury and scored 303 runs in eight matches at an average of more than 43 on his return.[60] In the 2023 season, he was appointed as the vice-captain of the side.[61] In the 2023 season, he had a prolific season with the bat scoring 605 runs in 16 matches including his maiden IPL century against Gujarat Titans on 12 May 2023.[62][58]

Playing style

Suryakumar is a hard hitting lower middle-order batter. He has a tendency to go all-out from the first ball, rather than take time to settle at the crease.[63] He plays a wide range of shots and all around the ground on both off and leg sides. He is often called Mr.360 for his range of shots including scoops over fine leg.[63][9]


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Awards Preceded byMohammad Rizwan ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year 2022–present Succeeded byIncumbent
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