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Suryakumar Yadav Biography – The “Sky” of Indian Cricket Team

Suryakumar Ashok Yadav, also known as Suryakumar Yadav or Sky, is an Indian cricketer who plays for India in the ODI and T20I formats. He represents Mumbai cricket team in domestic cricket and plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

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Real Name: Suryakumar Ashok Yadav
Profession: Indian cricketer
Birthplace: Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Wife: Devisha Shetty
Age: 32

Suryakumar Ashok Yadav (born 14 September 1990), also known as Suryakumar Yadav or Sky, is an Indian cricketer who plays for India in the ODI and T20I formats. He represents the Mumbai cricket team in domestic cricket and plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He is a right-handed versatile batsman and an occasional right-arm medium pace and spin bowler. He made his Twenty20 International debut for the India cricket team on 14 March 2021 against England. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for India on 18 July 2021 against Sri Lanka. His jersey number is 63.

Suryakumar Yadav Biography
Suryakumar Yadav Biography
Suryakumar Yadav Biography
Personal information
Full name Suryakumar Ashok Yadav
Born 14 September 1990 (age 32)
Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nickname SKY
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Role Batsman
International information
National side
  • India (2021-present)
ODI debut (cap 236) 18 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 27 July 2022 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 63
T20I debut (cap 85) 14 March 2021 v England
Last T20I 28 September 2022 v South Africa
T20I shirt no. 63
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010–present Mumbai (squad no. 63)
2012,2018–present Mumbai Indians (squad no. 63)
2014–2017 Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 63)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 13 31 77 109
Runs scored 340 976 5,326 3,121
Batting average 34.00 38.04 44.01 37.60
100s/50s 0/2 1/8 10/20 3/18
Top score 64 117 200 134*
Balls bowled 1,154 430
Wickets 24 6
Bowling average 22.91 63.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in the match
Best bowling 4/47 2/20
Catches/stumpings 7/– 13/– 101/– 65/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 28 September 2022

Early life

Since his early childhood, Yadav developed an interest in cricket and badminton. His father moved to Mumbai from Ghazipur city for his job as an electrical engineer for BARC. Surya learned his skills while playing in the streets of Varanasi. At the age of 10, his father saw his inclination toward the game and enrolled him in a cricket camp in the BARC colony in Anushakti Nagar. He then went to Elf Vengsarkar Academy and played the age group cricket in Mumbai. He is an alumnus of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce, and Science.

On 7 July 2016 Yadav married Devisha Shetty.

Suryakumar Yadav with his wife
Suryakumar Yadav with his wife

Career

Suryakumar Yadav made his first-class debut against Delhi during the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy. He had a great start to his career as he top-scored for Mumbai with a well-compiled 73 and was the only player to score a fifty in Mumbai’s first innings. Since then, he has been a regular member of the side.

In October 2018, he was named in India C’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. In October 2019, he was named in the India C squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy. He captained the Mumbai cricket team in the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Indian Premier League

He received an IPL contract from Mumbai Indians for the 2012 season. He played just one match in the season and was dismissed without scoring.

He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2014 IPL auctions. He made headlines in IPL 2015 when he hit a match-winning – 20-ball 46 with five sixes – against Mumbai at Eden Gardens. He became the team’s vice-captain and played regularly. He was bought at a price of ₹3.2 crores (US$400,000) by Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auctions.

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After an impressive stint with the Mumbai Indians, he was retained by them ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 8Cr.

International career

In February 2021, he was named in India’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against England. It was his maiden international call-up to the India cricket team. He made his T20I debut for India on 14 March 2021, against England. He then played the fourth game of the series on 18 March and got his first opportunity to bat, and hit the first ball he faced in international cricket for a six, becoming the first Indian to do so in T20 International, and went on to score a half-century. The next day, he was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England. His game-changing performances at No. 3 led him to be described as an “X Factor” player by his captain.

In June 2021, he was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their series against Sri Lanka. He made his ODI debut on 18 July 2021, for India against Sri Lanka. On 21 July 2021, Yadav scored his maiden ODI fifty against Sri Lanka.

Suryakumar Yadav Biography
Suryakumar Yadav Biography

In July 2021, Suryakumar Yadav was called up as a replacement to India’s Test squad for their series against England. In September 2021, Yadav was named to India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. In November, he was added to India’s Test squad for their series against New Zealand.

In June 2022, he was named in India’s squad for their T20I series against Ireland.

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In July 2022 Suryakumar Yadav scored his maiden T20I century against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England scoring 117 off 55 balls. He is only the 5th Indian player to record a century in T20I, and only the 2nd to reach the mark batting 4th or lower.

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