RR vs MI: Suryakumar Yadav’s full fitness imperative for T20 World Cup 2024, warns Tom Moody

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Tom Moody and Suryakumar Yadav


Former Australian cricketer turned expert analyst Tom Moody believes that Bombay Indians Top-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav should not rush to regain full fitness upon his return to the cricket field. Suryakumar was the missing link in the MI team, which looks totally different from what we saw at the beginning of the season without the right-handed batsman. Last night against him Kings of Punjabhe played a knock of 78 runs which ultimately helped his team win by 9 runs at Mullanpur.

It was Suryakumar Yadav’s second fifty-plus score of the season and first half-century since he scored 52 runs during MI’s win against Royal Challengers Bengaluru on April 11. Like Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar is also preparing his return to competitive cricket until IPL 2024. The 33-year-old had to deal with two different problems at once – a knee injury and a disease called sports hernia. . , which is a bit common in the life of an athlete.

Why was Suryakumar Yadav out of action for more than 3 months?

In December 2023, Suryakumar Yadav captained the Indian team in the first phase of the South African tour which included 3 T20Is-ODIs and a 2-match Test series. In the absence of Hardik Pandya, Surya captained the Men in Blue. In the series concluding T20I in Johannesburg, after scoring his fourth century in the shortest format, SKY suffered a knee injury which ruled him out for the ODI series, and he was also sent back home.

While recovering from knee surgery, Surya was diagnosed with a sports hernia which further hampered his progress and prevented him from achieving full fitness. But a few weeks ago, the NCA gave him the green light to continue and participate in the IPL and he returned in the clash against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede, where Mumbai recorded their first win of the season.

But Suryakumar Yadav was offside in that match and bounced back in the next match against RCB by scoring 52 runs before coming out for a duck again in MI’s loss against CSK. And last night against Punjab Kings, Surya hit 73 off 53 balls at a strike rate of over 140 and his knock was very important behind Mumbai’s total of 192.

What did Tom Moody say about SKY?

While speaking to Star Sports in the post-match analysis of Punjab against Mumbai, Tom Moody stated that Suryakumar Yadav should be acting like a turtle right now. He said this in the context of Surya getting back to full fitness, something he should not rush into at all. Moody stated that he should be able to get through 40 overs in the field and that he should also have the 2024 T20 World Cup in mind.

“Yes, it is important that he slowly gets back to full fitness, he needs to bowl for the full 40 overs and that would be great. “Not that he bowls or anything like that, but for his own composure and fitness for the game. preparation for what it is.” beyond the IPL,” Moody said via Star Sports.