Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has lauded Mumbai Indians and India batter, Suryakumar Yadav, as one of the top 5 batters in T20 cricket right now and even called him the Shahrukh Khan of the Mumbai Indians (MI) team.
This praise came after Suryakumar Yadav scored a half-century in his first game for the Rohit Sharma-led franchise in the ongoing IPL 2022. The batter missed the first two matches for the franchise due to recovering from a hairline fracture to his thumb.
He scored a 36-ball 52 against Kolkata Knight Riders as Mumbai posted a target of 162. Recalling this innings, Harbhajan Singh hailed Suryakumar for his ability to bat in any condition and any circumstance.
“Remember once he had gestured, 'Main hoon na (I'm still here)' like Shahrukh Khan used to say, so he is the Shahrukh Khan of this team. He comes during difficult situations and bats very well against spin and can go 360 against pacers. And he has so much of confidence in his batting that in situations where he takes 4-5 balls to get off the mark, he knows that he can make up for that later in the innings and he had showed that as well,” Harbhajan Singh said on Sportskeeda.
Not only this, but Harbhajan Singh feels that Suryakumar Yadav is definitely among the top five T20 batters in the world owing to his versatility.
"I've seen him over the years, when he first came, he was a bit fat, but has lost a lot of weight in the past few years and worked a lot of his game. And if I have to talk about the top 5 players in the world, then in T20 cricket, Suryakumar Yadav's name definitely makes the list, because he is that big a player," he added.
MI unfortunately have lost all of their first three matches in the ongoing IPL 2022 tournament and will be looking to get on the points table when they face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 9.