Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

India’s 360-degree batsman Suryakumar Yadav is currently going through a lean phase of his career. The explosive batter had a brilliant run for India in 2022. He scored 1164 runs in 31 T20Is including two hundreds. However, he lost his form then and came into Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on the back of three consecutive golden ducks in India’s ODI series defeat against formidable Australia at home.

His poor run is still continuing in the ongoing edition of IPL. Playing for Mumbai Indians (MI), he has struggled with the bat so far and scored 15, 0 and 1 in three games.

However, former Pakistan captain and legendary cricketer Wasim Akram has come in support of Suryakumar.

“With Suryakumar, form is temporary and class is forever,” said Akram during an interview.

“I can understand, when you’re out of form, you try to play the first few balls conservatively, save your wicket and look for a single. These tough moments happen even to the best,” the legendary cricketer added.

As per Akram, the Indian team and Mumbai Indians management need to be clever in supporting the 32-year-old flamboyant batter.

“Team India and Mumbai Indians managements need to put an arm around Suryakumar’s shoulder and tell him that ‘you are our match winner and we believe in you’,” he added.