Born on 14 September 1990 at Mumbai in India, Surya Kumar Yadav is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium fast bowler.
He is probably one of the most popular names from the pool of uncapped players of India.
He has played for India Under-23s,Mumbai,Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, and has been instrumental in all of these.
Born 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.
Surya played his first List-A match on 11 Feb 2010 in Vijay Hazare Trophy for his home state Mumbai against Gujarat. He made quick 41 off 37 balls and was the second highest scorer of the match.
Few months later he made his debut in T20s playing for Mumbai against Hyderabad in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He was dismissed at a score of 5 and the team faced a huge 7 wicket defeat.
The end of 2010 came with another opportunity for this young lad and he made his debut in First class cricket against Delhi. This time Surya was probably not in a mood to share his limelight with anyone as he scored a thumping 73 - highest of the match.
Rise to Glory
After a scintillating debut, Surya took 2011-12 Ranji season by storm as he topped Mumbai's run charts by amassing 754 runs in 9 matches at an average of 68.54. He hit a double-century against Orissa in only his third match of the season and followed it up with another century in the next match.
He also scored massive 1000+ runs at the U23 level in 2011-12 season and won the MA Chidambaram Trophy.
Impressed 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, Mahela, Rohit and 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.
After his debut season in Ranji, his form took a remarkable dip in the next season as he scored only 73 runs in six first-class innings.
In 2017, Surya retweeted a post on Twitter that questioned his exclusion from the team for the Inter-state T20 tournament and it became a controversy. However, he was added to Mumbai's 14-member squad for the 50-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy after he tendered an apology to the Mumbai Cricket Association.
Yadav’s stats in the domestic circuit are very much appealing but is still in the quest for a place in the national team. In his 67 matches in First-class cricket and 53 matches in List-A, he made 4545 and 1207 runs respectively.