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‘I’ve enjoyed having that fight’ – Suryakumar Yadav on his “sweet banter” with Yuzvendra Chahal

By Daniel S

May 1, 2022

Suryakumar Yadav has been the diamond in the rough for Mumbai. Despite their below-par performances in the ongoing Indian T20 league 2022, he has been one of the few positives for them. As a matter of fact, it was his knock that enabled Mumbai to their first win of this edition.

During their game against Rajasthan, the elegant batter scored a superb 51 from 39 balls. This enabled the five-time champions to chase their target with four balls to spare. However, it is to be noted that Yadav survived a close call earlier on during his innings.

Yuzvendra Chahal nearly got his wicket in the eighth over. After the batter failed to connect a sweep shot, the ball hit his pads, and the bowler started to appeal for an LBW. However, the umpire gave it not out. Upon reviewing, the ball showed to be just clipping the bails and thus, the umpire's decision stood. Thus, Yadav was lucky to get away with a close call.

This proved to be a big moment as the Mumbai batter then played a crucial hand in his side's victory on Saturday. However, Chahal was visibly disappointed with the call. Thus, Yadav went to console him after that as he was seen giving Chahal a warm hug. Nevertheless, his knock enabled him to win the player of the match award as well. During a post-match conference, he spoke about the "sweet banter" between him and Chahal.

“During the game, I didn’t tell him anything and it was just a sweet banter between him and me, but I’m really happy that I got away with the umpire’s call and the way things went after that. He is a great bowler and I’ve enjoyed having that fight between him and me in the middle,” said Suryakumar Yadav.

Further on, he stated that this win will spread a lot of positivity. Prior to this win, Mumbai had lost eight consecutive games. Their next game is set to take place on May 6, against Gujarat.

“The win will spread a lot of positivity. We were already enjoying each other’s company during practice sessions and team dinners. This win will help each and everyone learn going forward in the season,” he added.