Mumbai Indians moved up to the sixth position in the points table with another defeat. Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain and opener Gautam Gambhir says that Kolkata Knight Riders made a mistake somewhere by releasing a player like Suryakumar Yadav where he was trained a lot from the beginning. Suryakumar Yadav started his IPL career in 2012 with Mumbai Indians. While in 2014, Suryakumar Yadav was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in their team.
Suryakumar Yadav played 54 matches in the Kolkata Knight Riders team and returned to Mumbai Indians in 2018 where his performance is better than the old team. Gautam Gambhir believes that not being able to use Suryakumar Yadav much at number three as a captain.
“My only regret was that we couldn’t push him at No. 3. We always wanted him to bat at no. 3 because we had Manish Pandey and Yousuf Pathan. So, we had to use him as a finisher. From KKR’s point of view, this has to be their biggest loss – letting go of Suryakumar Yadav. Because someone you groom for four years and then you let him go. And now, he is at peak of his career,” Gambhir talking with star sports.
“Because we couldn’t give him that position, he couldn’t get those 400, 500, or 600 runs in a season. Someone’s loss could be someone’s massive gain. That’s exactly what has happened with Mumbai Indians. KKR let go of him and now he has become a mainstay of MI’s batting line-up,” he added.
In 2018, Mumbai Indians bought Suryakumar Yadav for 3.2 crores. Suryakumar Yadav has scored more than 400 runs in his last two seasons, due to which he got a chance to debut in T20 and ODI for India.