The flamboyant Indian batter, Suryakumar Yadav is leaving no stone unturned in making a strong case for Test call-up as he batted brilliantly in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Saurashtra at the Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy BKC in Mumbai on Wednesday. Suryakumar played a counter-attacking 95 on Day 2 of the match, helping Mumbai make a comeback from early setbacks.
Suryakumar Yadav missed out on a well-deserved century as he was caught in the bowling of off-spinner Yuvrajsinh Dodiya in Mumbai. SKY paced his knock with the help of 14 boundaries and a six after walking into bat when Mumbai was reeling at 5 for 2, having lost young guns Prithvi Shaw (4) and Yashashvi Jaiswal (2).
The flamboyant batter scored 95 in just 107 balls as he stitched a 61-run stand with captain Ajinkya Rahane, who made 24. and a 92-run stand with Sarfaraz Khan, who made 75. It was Suryakumar’s second successive score in the 90s for Mumbai in the ongoing Ranji Trophy campaign after he hit an 80-ball 90 for Mumbai against Hyderabad earlier in December. Suryakumar had missed Mumbai’s first match of the season but played the 2nd match, which was also his first first-class match since February 2020.
Suryakumar was called-up for the Test squad for the first time when India played the rescheduled 5th Test in England earlier this year. However, the World No. 1 T20I batter is yet to make his debut in the longest format of the game.’
Mumbai was bowled out for 230 as there were no other considerable contributions apart from the fifties from Suryakumar and Sarfaraz. Saurashtra’s Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Yuvrajsinh picked up 4 wickets each, while Chetan Sakariya and Chirag Jani picked up a wicket each.
Saurashtra missed their skipper Jaydev Unadkat and star batter, Cheteshwar Pujara, as the two stars returned from the tour of Bangladesh only on January 26. Saurashtra has a 279-run lead on a spin-friendly track and Mumbai will be hoping to finish off their innings quickly on Friday morning.