|Birth||14 September 1990, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Suryakumar Ashok Yadav (born 14 September 1990) is an Indian cricketer and plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL. He is an attacking right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler.
In a typical middle-class family, Yadav learnt his skills while playing in the streets of Maharashtra. At the age of 10, his father saw his inclination towards the game and he made him join a cricket camp in BARC colony in Chembur.
At 12, his coach HS Kamath saw his exceptional dedication as a player and kept him motivated for the best. Then he went to Elf Vengsarkar Academy where he was guided by Dilip Vengsarkar. The boy went on to play all the age group tournament of Mumbai.
Suryakumar Yadav made his first-class debut against Delhi during the 2010-11 Ranji Season. 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 and has scored reasonably well in every season.
In October 2018, he was named in India C's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. In October 2019, he was named in India C's squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.
Care by his talent, he received an IPL contract from Mumbai Indians for 2012 season. Though he was ignored throughout the season due to the presence of veteran players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.
In 2014 IPL auction, KKR went for this young talent and Suryakumar did justice to their trust. He broke the headlines in IPL 2015 when he hit breathtaking and match-winning – 20-ball 46 with five sixes – against Mumbai Indians that overshadowed Rohit Sharma's classy 98 on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens surprised many.
His soon pivotal cameos earned the designation of vice-captain of the team and he played all the matches in 7th edition of IPL, primarily due to his incredible strike-rate. In 55 IPL games, he made a total of 612 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 131.61.
He again went to his home team Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auctions. As an uncapped player, he earned the fattest pay cheques of the auction - 3.2 crores.