IPL 2024: Here’s why Surya Kumar Yadav prefers not to face Jasprit Bumrah in the nets

Apr 12, 2024

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In a scintillating showdown at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday (April 11), the Mumbai Indians (MI) orchestrated a commanding seven-wicket triumph over the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024), marking their second victory of the season.

Suryakumar Yadav’s spectacular return

The match unfolded with a breathtaking display of batting prowess from MI’s stalwart, Surya Kumar Yadav, who, in only his second IPL 2024 outing following a lengthy hiatus due to injury, unleashed a whirlwind of destruction against the RCB. Surya Kumar’s sensational knock of 52 runs off a mere 19 deliveries, adorned with five boundaries and four colossal sixes, left the RCB bowling contingent in disarray as MI effortlessly chased down a daunting target of 197 runs with a remarkable 27 balls to spare.

Surya Kumar’s remark on not facing Jasprit Bumrah

Despite Surya Kumar’s pyrotechnics with the bat, the coveted Player of the Match accolade was clinched by his MI comrade, Jasprit Bumrah, for his awe-inspiring bowling spectacle. Bumrah unleashed a barrage of precision deliveries upon the RCB batting lineup, wreaking havoc with his devastating spell of 5/15 in four electrifying overs. In a lighthearted post-match interview, the 33-year-old playfully remarked on Bumrah’s menacing bowling prowess, quipping that he had avoided facing the speedster in recent years, fearing that Bumrah might either dismantle his bat or inflict injury upon his toes.

“It’s been almost 2-3 years since I batted against him (Bumrah) in the nets, because he either breaks my bat or breaks my foot,” Surya Kumar said.

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Team’s objective to bolster net run rate

Reflecting on the pulsating contest, Surya Kumar lauded openers Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma for laying the groundwork for victory, asserting that post the initial overs, the team’s singular objective was to swiftly seal the win to bolster their net run rate. With a titanic clash against arch-rivals, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), looming large on the horizon, MI will aim to harness the momentum from their latest triumph and carry it forward into their forthcoming showdown on April 14.

“It’s always good to be back at Wankhede, when the tournament started I was mentally here only, although physically in Bangalore (recovering from the injury), it felt like I never left. When you are chasing 200, it is important to know the dew factor and take your chances, both Rohit and Ishan did the job for us at the 10th over mark and we only knew that we had to finish early for that net run rate thing,” the Mumbai-born cricketer concluded.

Also READ: IPL 2024: Shehnaaz Gill and Munawar Faruqui cheer for Virat Kohli at Wankhede, but RCB falls short against MI

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